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NEW: RISD Library Named Most Beautiful in US—Travel + Leisure

Friday, November 09, 2012


RISD's Fleet Library has just been named one the most beautiful college libraries in America, according to Travel + Leisure Magazine. Photo: RISD.

The Rhode Island School of Design's spectacular Fleet Library in downtown Providence has just been named one of America's Most Beautiful College Libraries by Travel + Leisure Magazine.

"Having outgrown its library, the Rhode Island School of Design had been in search of a new site for more than a decade when FleetBoston Financial Corporation donated this Italian Renaissance–style bank building in 2002—complete with barrel-vaulted ceiling, marble columns, and an opulent clock," writes Tanvi Chheda in T+L's November 2012 issue. "Built in 1917, the historic space was adapted with contemporary features (Knoll chairs, cork flooring) to house its collection of architecture, design, and photography books in a living-room-like space, especially convenient for students living in the dorms upstairs.

Beautiful college libraries

RISD's comfortably ornate library was one of 15 gorgeous bilbiogetaways highlighted by T+L nationwide. Also in New England, Boston College's Bapst Library was cited, as was the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University in New Haven, CT, and Davis Family Library at Middlebury College, VT. 

For the entire story, go here.


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