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The Low Memorial Library is a building at the center of Columbia University 's Morningside Heights campus in Manhattan , New York City, United States. Designed by Charles Follen McKim of the firm McKim, Mead & White , the building was constructed between 1895 and 1897 as the central library of Columbia's library system . Columbia University president Seth Low funded the building and named it in memory of his father, Abiel Abbot Low . Its facade and interior are New York City designated landmarks , and the building is also a National Historic Landmark . Low is shaped like a Greek cross and is four stories tall, excluding a ground-level basement. The first floor contains an ambulatory around an octagonal rotunda . The stacks had space for 1.5 million volumes. The building was poorly suited for library use, but its central location made it a focal point of the university's campus. Following the completion of the much larger Butler Library in 1934, Low was converted to administrative offices. ( Full article... )

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Lilac-breasted roller

The lilac-breasted roller ( Coracias caudatus ) is a species of bird in the roller family, Coraciidae . It is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa , and is a vagrant to the southern Arabian Peninsula . It prefers open woodland and savanna, and it is for the most part absent from treeless places. Usually found alone or in pairs, it perches at the tops of trees, poles or other high vantage points from where it can spot insects, amphibians, crabs and small birds moving about on the ground. Nesting takes place in a natural hole in a tree where a clutch of two to four eggs are laid, and incubated by both parents, who are extremely aggressive in defence of their nest, taking on raptors and other birds. This lilac-breasted roller, of the subspecies C. c. caudatus , was photographed perching on a branch in Chobe National Park , Botswana.

Photograph credit: Charles J. Sharp

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