William Rainey Harper Memorial Library, Chicago

William Rainey Harper Memorial Library, Chicago

The William Rainey Harper Memorial Library dates back to 1912 and features impressive Gothic architecture. Some of the inspiration behind the library's design comes from Christ Church College and Magdalen College at Oxford, as well as King's College in Cambridge. Stone carvings featuring the coats of arms from several prominent colleges and universities are important design features.

One of the highlights of this library, due to its size, is the availability of research centers in addition to its regular collections. East and South Asian collections are available for visitors to browse. There is also a collection visitors can research that focuses on maps.

In addition to books and related print materials, the library also hosts a collection of art. Some of the types of exhibits featured include the University's history, Black history and culture, ideological differences between North and South Korea, Soviet children's books, and music from the Gay Nineties to the Depression.

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Sight Name: William Rainey Harper Memorial Library
Sight Location: Chicago, USA (See walking tours in Chicago)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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