Best of Book Riot: The Harry Potter Library

To celebrate the end of the year, we’re running some of our favorite posts from the last six months. We’ll be back with all-new stuff on January 7th.


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Andrew Dickson White was one of the founders of Cornell University, and upon his death he donated his 30,000 volume personal library to the school. The topics of his collection range from witchcraft to the American Civil War, and today the books are housed in the atmospheric Andrew Dickson White Library– dubbed “the Harry Potter library” by students and visitors.

Artwork and relics from White’s careers in academia and diplomacy add to the library’s ambiance, as do the stained glass windows and wrought iron. Much of White’s original volumes have been moved to the rare books collection for preservation, but the room itself is still used to house books from the humanities area of the library.

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I think this library is my patronus.

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