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Dr. Suess’s Library

Here’s another library where the architecture is as much of a draw as the books are. According to Wiki: the Geisel Library is the main library building on the University of California, San Diego campus. It is home to the Arts Library, the Mandeville Special Collections Library (SPEC)*, the Science & Engineering Library (S&E), and the Social Sciences & Humanities Library (SSHL).

The building is named in honor of Audrey and Theodor Seuss Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) for the generous contributions they have made to the library and their devotion to improving literacy. The Geisels were long-time residents of La Jolla, where UC San Diego is located. The building was designed in the late 1960s by William Pereira to sit at the head of a canyon. 

* Areas of exceptional strength include early voyages of exploration and discovery to the Pacific; the Spanish Civil War, the largest extant collection on this subject; post-1945 American poetry in the “alternative” tradition, including extensive collections of poets’ manuscripts and correspondence; the history of San Diego, southern California, and Baja California; and contemporary science and public policy, including the personal archives of some of the nation’s most renowned scientists. The culinary history of Mexico, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim; Melanesian anthropology; and artists’ books are also important collecting areas. The Dr. Seuss Collection, the world’s largest repository of the beloved author’s original drawings, sketches, and manuscripts, is housed within MSCL.

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