"Wandering a library is one of life's great pleasures," recent Washington University graduate Sophia Blea Nuñez told WU Libraries last fall, reflecting on her time spent in Spain's Real Biblioteca del Escorial while completing research for her Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship project.
Nuñez is in good company when it comes to loving libraries. So many people can pinpoint particular moments in the stacks, or a memorable reading room, or a library staff member that made a world of difference for them. (Take a peek at the winning essays in this year's Neureuther graduate category for just a couple such recollections.)
In celebration of National Library Week (April 13 to 19, 2014), WU Libraries and other university partners are eager to hear and share students' comments on the libraries they currently frequent and love--whether those libraries are on campus, across the country, or somewhere on the other side of the globe.
What library do you love, and why? Download this speech bubble (or simply use a sheet of paper you have handy!), and help spread some library love this month. Send photos and comments, something like these or the ones below, to firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet/FB them to Washington University Libraries with the hashtags #WUSTL and #NLW14.
It's that "the amazing people at Whispers know my coffee order! & the comfortable (and sometimes productive) atmosphere" that Yun and Bosch say they love most about Olin Library.
Junior economics major Raul Enrique Duarte, currently studying abroad at the University of Oxford, writes, "The Bodleian Library is the most impressive library I have ever been to in my entire life. I thoroughly enjoy doing my long Oxford reading lists as long as I can do them in places as beautiful and historical as the Radcliffe Camera in Oxford, haha."
Prospective WUSTL student Jesse Huang was stopping through Olin Library during a campus visit. He volunteers at a library in his community near Los Angeles and had this to say:
Freshman Miranda Lan says she has loved libraries since she was very young.