Explore Suzzallo & Allen Libraries
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18 terra-cotta figures in niches atop buttresses were selected by the UW Faculty in 1923 to symbolize contributions to learning and culture.
The Grand Staircase leads from the first to the third floors.
Grand Stair Hall
At the top of the Grand Staircase is the Grand Stair Hall. In 1926, this area was a rotunda surrounded by stained glass windows.
The Grand Stair Hall houses one of the world's biggest books, Bhutah: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom. More info
The Suzzallo Reading Room features a vaulted ceiling with vibrantly colored and gilded details. It is ranked among the most beautiful in the world.
At each end of the Reading Room hangs a hand-painted world globe, each of which bears names of explorers.
Suzzallo 1961-63 Addition
As you exit the Reading Room through the Grand Stair Hall, a transition in the floor from sandstone to linoleum marks the 1961-1963 addition of 125,000 square feet.
In the south wing of the Allen Library is a cast of a 28-foot fossil crocodile.
In 1994, artists Carl T. Chew, Mare Blocker, J. T. Stewart, and Ron Hilbert installed their collaborative artwork, Raven Brings Light to This House of Stories in the Allen Library as part of the Washington State Art in Public Places Program.