I have to admit that I only trekked all the way out to the University of San Francisco (USF)’s Gleeson Library today so that I could attend a talk about Digital Humanities. That said, I did find a few minutes to explore and soon discovered that nestled out on the absolutely beautiful USF campus is a nice little academic library.
Upon entering the library I walked through the Thatcher Gallery, located on the library’s first floor, which was displaying a beautiful installation of hand-cut paper art. As I made my way upstairs and into the stacks I realized two things: 1. the library is warm (maybe too warm for effective studying but pleasantly warm for a visitor like myself) and 2. the library is quiet! Each of the floors is designated for a certain noise level and maybe it was the time of day that I visited, but the students were taking that shit seriously. While wandering through the ‘Silent’ floor I swear, I could have heard a pin drop.
The talk was located in the library’s rare books room, which seemed to, you know, have a lot of sweet rare books. The room was also awesomely wood-panelled and contained some neat artifacts including a vintage printing press. Sadly, I don’t have any photos since taking cell phone photos of rare books during someone’s talk is rude! Nevertheless, let me assure you, it’s worth stopping into.
Finally, the library has a much toted atrium-style reading room (also on the first floor). I have to admit that I somehow managed to skip this altogether, but I saw it from the outside and it does look lovely.
If you are interested in learning more or visiting* the Gleeson Library, check out their website at http://www.usfca.edu/library/
*The library has gates at the entrances that require a student/staff card to open. That said, after I explained my reason for visiting (the lecture) the lovely librarians let me in and even helped me to find my way. If you want to visit the library, I suggest calling ahead to confirm and perhaps signing up for a tour.