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Suzzallo Library, Seattle

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Graduate Reading Room

Once inside Suzzallo, climb the marble staircase to the reading room on the third floor. This room takes up the entire third floor of this section of the library. It is 240 feet long with Tudor style arches and 36 foot high stained glass windows. If you can imagine the nave of a cathedral, you can get a good idea for the design of the room. What is perhaps more difficult to imagine is the studious purpose of the room. Such grandeur for a reading room! Cork floors keep pedestrian noise to a minimum, so students can study in quiet. Oak bookcases are topped with hand-carved friezes, adding elegance to the room. I found this to be a beautiful place to study or just to get a quiet moment by sitting here and soaking up the beauty. I highly recommend viewing this room if you are on the Unversity of Washington campus. [more ]

Beautiful Library on UW Campus

Suzzallo is absolutely my favorite building on campus at the University of Washington. I spent many hours here researching and am very fond of the place. I love this library not only for the wealth of books contained here, but also for the aesthetic beauty both of the exterior as well as the interior. This cathedral-like building rises majestically above the central plaza known as Red Square. The collegiate gothic style selected for the campus in 1915 is showcased in Suzzallo library (with the exception of the 1963 addition, which is modernist brick and glass). Over the western entrance are three figures representing Thought, Inspiration, and Mastery. The eighteen terra cotta figures in niches on exterior include Moses, Dante, Shakespeare, and Galileo.

If you get a chance, check out the graduate reading room on the third floor and the special collections, which are located in the basement of Allen library (connected to Suzzallo). [more ]

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