Make your way into the Literature and Languages Library, commonly known as the Reading Room, which is on the East side of the building at the top of the stairs. Take note of the stained glass windows featuring printers’ marks. A printer’s mark usually appears on a title page of a book, and acts as a trademark of the printer’s works. The stained glass productions were chosen and designed by J. Scott Williams, the artist, Charles A. Platt, the architect, and Phineas Windsor, the library director. Phineas Windsor chose the marks by their relevance to Renaissance printing history. Platt also inserted a few that were particularly beautiful. Our Rare Book and Manuscript Library has at least one book with each of these printers’ marks in them. In addition, take note of the carving above the door. Designed by the architect himself and made of fumed oak, it was executed by the Baumann-Poe Manufacturing Company.
The Literatures and Language library was established in 2011 through a merger of the English Library and the Modern Languages and Linguistics Library. The Literatures and Languages Library supports the research, teaching, and learning of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of disciplines relating to the study of English and Western European literature and languages, comparative literature, cinema studies, linguistics, and translation studies. The reading room has been a quiet place of study since the library’s beginning.
Adjacent to the Literature and Languages library’s circulation desk are several public access computers and scanners. These computers do not require you to log in, so patrons not affiliated with the University may use them for their research needs.
On the South side of the room, there is a hallway leading to our Classics collection. Over 100 years old, it is one of the largest classics collections in the world. The collection encompasses over 100,000 volumes and 400 journals. Their holdings are particularly rich in Latin and Ancient Greek literature, Classical philology, and patristics.