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Suzzallo Library in Seattle, WA

Box 352900 Seattle, WA 98195-2900
The Suzzallo Library is the central library of the University of Washington located in Seattle's University District.

It is the most recognizable building on campus, built in Gothic style and used by thousands of people each day.

When you enter the library it's like you've gone back in time. Begin your tour by walking up the Grand Staircase, a circular addition that leads to grand upper floors. When you reach the third floor you enter a graduated reading room that resembles a cathedral, with high ceilings, beautiful chandeliers, and large wooden tables and chairs. The bookcases are made of solid oak and are carved with native plants across the top. Thirty five-foot stained glass windows represent the Renaissance and cast a beautiful glow over your study time. At the end of each room, the oriels are painted as world globes with the names of famous European explorers.

There are over one and a half million volumes of books housed in this library. Of notable interest is the Special Collections section which contains rare books published before 1801. The microform newspaper collection housed in this library is the largest of any research library in the Association of Researches Libraries.

Seattle is an amazing city with much to offer visitors. Nearby the Suzzallo Library you will find the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, Pike Place Market, Fremont art district, Woodland Park Zoo, and other infamous attractions. Don't forget to add the amazing library to your list of "must see!"


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