Loyola University, Chicago

Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, Loyala University's Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons is unmatched by any college library in terms of physical location. The stance on the water provides amazing views. And, it is also Silver LEED certified, meaning it may be one of the most environmentally study centers around. The Commons opened in 2008.

Notable Users: While the school has many notable alumni, included Leslie David Baker of The Office, we can't single out any recent graduates that would co-sign library coolness.