Pierson Library

Pierson College libraryPierson library was a special place. I always studied there for finals. It was quiet, elegant, and conducive to study. The old-fashioned architecture, the soaring ceiling that was the interior of Pierson Tower, and the availability of the very top room almost to the top of Pierson tower when I needed some serious study all beckoned, especially in the spring. Often enough, one of the talented pianists in Pierson would be playing the piano. Junior year I particularly remember sweating out integral equations to the tune of Chopin’s Military Polonaise.

Even during exam period, Pierson Libe was accessible 24/7. And the Pierson common room often had coffee all night long for the seriously worried. The piece de resistance was one of the lampshades where, if you checked the inside, as I did every year, was inscribed, “Winnipeg whore, won’t you come out tonight?”

Tom Neagle

College libraries

L&B Reading Room in Sterling LibraryHaving spent quite a bit of time reading history in campus libraries, I have fond memories of Sterling–green leather L&B couches, a fifth-floor carrel with a magnificent view for writing papers, and the manuscript room that housed the nineteenth century diaries of Yalies who studied in Germany I studied for my senior thesis. It was a moveable feast studying in all the residential colleges but Georgian Pierson and Gothic JE were like home.

Paul Chapman