Suzzallo Library

4000 15th Ave NE Seattle

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The University of Washington

The University of Washington is the biggest university in Seattle and one of the top public colleges in the country. It's located north of downtown Seattle in what is called the "U District." The school mascot is the husky and its colors are purple and gold.

UW was founded in 1861 and its campus sprawls over 700 acres. With over 500 buildings (with 26 libraries), it's certainly impressive. One of the most famous parts of campus is called "Red Square," which is a beautiful square with cherry trees that light up the campus in springtime.

The Library

Next to the Red Square, you can find the Suzzallo Library, which is probably the most iconic building on campus. The library is named after Henry Suzzallo, who was the president of the university during much of the 1920s. The library houses roughly 1.6 million books, including a collection of rare books published before the 1800s.

The first phase of construction was finished in 1926. However, various additions have been built over the years. The most recent addition, the Allen Library, was finished in 1990 and is named after the father of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. His father, Kenneth Allen, was an associate director of the UW library system for over two decades.

The Reading Room

Arguably the most beautiful part of Suzzallo is the graduate reading room, which is reminiscent of the Great Hall at Hogwarts. The architecture is impressive and lends inspiration to UW's students. Suzzallo himself once said that libraries should be "cathedrals of learning."

When to Visit

The best time to visit the University of Washington is either springtime (to see the cherry blossoms) or the summer (the best weather). However, the impressive inside of Suzzallo library is magnificent all year round.

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