America's Most Beautiful College Libraries

With concerts, art exhibits, and cafés, these beautiful college libraries inspire visits for more than a study session.

Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

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A majestic façade of Germantown stone trimmed in ornately carved Indiana limestone opens into one of Vassar’s most memorable spaces. The massive stained-glass Cornaro Window illuminates the library’s main hall; it portrays Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia, the first woman ever to receive a doctorate, defending her thesis before the scholars of Padua. Her garb of gray and rose satin, the college’s original colors, symbolizes the rise of women’s higher education at Vassar.

library.vassar.edu

America's Most Beautiful College Libraries

Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

A majestic façade of Germantown stone trimmed in ornately carved Indiana limestone opens into one of Vassar’s most memorable spaces. The massive stained-glass Cornaro Window illuminates the library’s main hall; it portrays Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia, the first woman ever to receive a doctorate, defending her thesis before the scholars of Padua. Her garb of gray and rose satin, the college’s original colors, symbolizes the rise of women’s higher education at Vassar.

library.vassar.edu

Courtesy of Vassar College
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