In pre-Revolutionary War America, libraries were member-driven collections for the elite; it was not until 1790 that Benjamin Franklin helped to establish the first public lending library. Throughout the subsequent centuries the library has evolved, but always remained central to the cultural life of the nation. Thomas R. Schiff’s photographs trace the history of the library through aesthetic and style while featuring architects such as Charles F. McKim; Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge; and I. M. Pei. The book captures the architectural styles of the library in 360-degree panoramas. Including brief descriptions of each library, this book attempts to bring the readers into one hundred libraries across the nation.