Author: Leigh Ann P.
On Facebook recently, I stumbled upon a friend’s post with a link to a slideshow of the 25 most beautiful college libraries in the world. I was instantly intrigued because I am a closeted architecture lover.
Many people don’t know this about me, but I have many other interests outside of food, trying to be skinny, photoshopping funny images of my coworkers and drawing pictures with paintbrush during the workday. Indeed, I love, love, love beautiful buildings.
Luckily for me, Penn is full of them. Not to my surprise, Penn’s own Fisher Fine Arts Library is included in the slideshow linked above. I find it so interesting that so many colleges and universities put so much emphasis on making their libraries into aesthetic wonderlands, either in the most strikingly modern or in the most ornate, old-world sense, perhaps in an effort to make students want to go there. This of course is not a new concept; in the Middle Ages people spent decades perfecting their beautiful town churches to make people want to go there as well.