In 1968, a textbook for Shakespeare's Macbeth went missing from Walton High School in New York State. This is the sort of mystery no one expected to see resolved, probably because it wasn't a mystery at all.
In Cologne, Germany, a set of ancient Roman walls that were found last year have been identified as a public library - the oldest in Germany.
Do you see the redness in the featured image? Yasss! it's a sign of Lire à la Plage, a booming services offered on the French coasts over the last decade.
A now-deleted article from Forbes made the careless argument that all taxpayer-funded libraries ought to be shut down in favor of Amazon bookstores. The article went up on Saturday and as of today, attempts to access its former URL bring you to an "error 404" page.
Before there was Google, where did people go for answers to their obscure, specific, and sometimes alarming questions? They went to the library.
The parking garage for the central branch of the Kansas City Library features a facade of some seriously large books.
The New York Public Library's Berg Collection is only viewable by appointment. It contains about two thousand linear feet of manuscripts, letters, and notes by notable authors. The original collection was donated to the library in 1940 by Dr.
Rare manuscripts can be fascinating to study, but when it turns out that the material of said manuscripts can be poisonous, well things can get a bit awkward. [Warning: Graphic photo below]
Libraries are a great device for story-telling, and creators know it. They are an invaluable way to get characters the information they need in stories where the protagonist can't just use Google, as well as a setting that provides a scene with a unique ambiance.
I love libraries. Even if I'm not looking for a particular book, I can spend hours perusing the shelves and walk out with several books I would have never read otherwise, all for a grand total cost of nothing as long as I have my library card on me.