When I walked around the Morning Park this afternoon, I realized that the Columbia University is just located beside, so I decided to have a look on the campus as a traveller.
This is Columbia University‘s Morningside Heights campus in Manhattan, and I was shocked by the huge library in the presence of me. The ancient building has no oppressing sensation, but brings about a sense of solemnity. It was a sunny afternoon with small wind, so many students were reading books or having a conversation on the front steps of the Low Memorial Library. The learning atmosphere there impressed me a lot.
When I came back home, I did some research about Columbia University Libraries System, there are 22 branches in the system and it is the sixth largest academic library in the Unite States. Many elite schools own great academic resources, and I deem that libraries could represent the temperament and historial status of an university. But it is a pity that maybe we could not enter these libraries with no student’s ID of these elite schools, but from my point of view, we can do something to approach them.
As far as I know, Columbia University Libraries System is participating in the Google Books Project ,it means we can search the full texts of books or other items that Google has scanned. In terms of the books about Columbia University’s preponderant disciplines, we could just click http://library.columbia.edu. In addition, there are many external links offering on our own school’s online library and we can also search for online open classes from Harvard University, Oxford University, Yale University, etc.
With the rapid development of network sharing, it is never hard to find what you want to learn about. If your have the desire and courage to learn, please just do it!