America's Most Beautiful College Libraries
Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, University of Chicago
Architect Helmut Jahn topped off this year-old library (which goes five stories underground) with an elliptical glass dome that lets in ample sunlight. The strikingly modern 8,000-square-foot reading room is outfitted with study tables and chairs made from European white oak. The automated storage and retrieval system (which has the capacity to handle 3.5 million volumes) delivers a book in an average of five minutes.