The Bizzell Memorial Library at the University of Oklahoma, built in 1929, has been named one of the United States’ 25 Most Beautiful College Libraries in the past. The Peggy V. Helmerich reading room houses the theses and dissertations of OU alumni. The architecture of both the exterior and interior of the Bizzell Library is that of Cherokee Gothic, a style unique to the state of Oklahoma.
The Bizzell Memorial Library is the largest research library in the state of Oklahoma. Aside from its impressive main library holdings, including hand-written notes of Galileo, and first edition copies of Herman Melville’s The Whale, and various first editions of the works of Charles Dickens, the University of Oklahoma also boasts some of the greatest resources in the study of American Western History.