In Quest of the Perfect Library

There is a sad truth about college libraries: No matter how attractively designed and cleverly constructed, they cannot disguise a central fact — that the undergraduates in them are seldom there to read books they want to read.

When I walk through the library at Georgetown University or American University, my heart goes out to the undergraduates sprawled under the fluorescent light like animals that have been euthanized. I know that whether they curl up in easy chairs,