A sculpture of a young woman reading. She has been adorned with beads and a Converse sneaker.

Oberlin College Libraries

Where information is transformed into knowledge, creativity, and innovation.

A sculpture by John Adams Jackson (1825-1879), The Reading Girl has resided in the Oberlin College libraries, with one interruption, since 1885.
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones '97

Founded in 1834, just one year after Oberlin College was established, our library system ranks among the oldest liberal arts college libraries in the nation.

The Libraries play a central role in the educational mission at Oberlin. We collect, preserve, and make accessible diverse resources that make teaching and research possible. We also serve as information experts on campus, encouraging the development of informed scholars and engaged citizens.

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