Brown University’s John Hay Library
John Hay was a member of the class of 1858. He served as Abraham Lincoln’s private secretary during the Civil War and later became Secretary of State.
The John Hay Library opened in November 1910 and was used as the University’s primary library until 1964.
(What did people do in libraries before Tumblr? Read quietly?!)
Fun Fact of the Day: The Sacred Library Curse
The John Hay, the Annmary Brown Memorial Library, and the John Carter Brown are considered the “sacred” libraries on campus and it’s been said that entering all three during your freshman year means you will never get married. It is believed that this curse was born back when the JCB was so exclusive that the librarian needed to decide if you would be allowed in, thus labeling the students that studied there super nerds who probably wouldn’t get married.