The Phillips Exeter Academy Class of 1945 Library is the largest secondary school library in the world. It's also an architectural gem – considered one of Louis Kahn's best buildings. 

It houses 272,000 volumes (print and electronic), circulates a thousand DVDs every month, and hosts the esteemed Lamont Poetry Series (since its founding in 1983, this series has brought to Exeter the likes of Jorge Luis Borges and Seamus Heaney).      

"It's a laboratory of ideas," says Robert Shapiro '68, a former trustee and chair of the Friends of the Academy Library. "There is always traffic on the main floor, which is a vibrant signal of the life of the library. The kids like to sit at the Harkness table in the middle of the main floor. They study in the middle of everything. The symbolism radiates out from the middle." 

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