The Peggy V. Helmerich Great Reading room in the Bizzell Memorial Library at the University of Oklahoma is nothing short of inspirational. Reeking of history, the room beckons one back in time to an age at which this 50-something man wished he could enroll himself! The notion that generations of students have read, studied, and learned here – and continue to do so today – is quite fascinating. I could have lingered for awhile, but alas, our tour must move on.
“The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.” ~ Carl T. Rowan via brainyquote.com
On the eve of spring break, this beautiful room is almost empty. 3.13.2015
If this doesn’t inspire one to open a book, nothing will! 3.13.2015
We toured the University of Oklahoma, which for our son is a prospective college choice. During our tour, our guide took us into a section of the library called “The Stacks”, where old volumes are stored and accessible to students. As our guide told the story of a girl that had supposedly fallen through one of the glass tiles to her death, thus rendering The Stacks to be haunted, I explored a couple of the aisles. I found this volume from 1902. I wonder who the last student was that opened this? I couldn’t help but be rather enamored with these old bound pieces of history, and I’m thankful that OU has preserved them for future generations to enjoy.
“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” ~ Malala Yousafzai via brainyquote.com
History preserved at the University of Oklahoma. 3.13.2015