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Columbia University Photo Tour


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Low Memorial Library at Columbia University
Low Memorial Library at Columbia

Low Memorial Library at Columbia

Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan, Columbia University is one of the eight members of the prestigious Ivy League, and it is one of the most selective colleges in the country. Founded in 1754, Columbia is the oldest college in New York State. The university moved to its current location in 1897, and some of the university's current buildings were designed in the Italian Renaissance style by the famous architectural firm McKim, Mead, and White.

When visitors first set foot on campus, they will be struck by the great dome of Low Library, a structure modeled after the Pantheon in Rome. The building's impressive rotunda originally served as the university's main reading room, and today it is used for events and exhibitions. In the 1930s, Butler replaced Low as Columbia's main library, and Low Library now houses main administrative offices including the President and Provost. The building is also home to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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