The James Harmon Hoose Library of Philosophy's main reading room, topped by a high cathedral ceiling and filled with original and historic mosaics and furniture from local artists, is the perfect space for quiet study and scholarly inspiration.
Circling the main reading room is a series of mosaics that depict the progression of philosophy from the ancient Far East to modern America. Twenty-two philosophers and thinkers are shown alongside a representative inscription from their works, from the Buddha ("To the man who does me wrong I will return the protection of my most ungrudging love.") to Ralph Waldo Emerson ("Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force.") Other notable features of the reading room include intricate stained glass windows and a great stone fireplace.