Great facts about famous libraries and librarians around the world
We thought it was about time we saluted that noble institution, the library, with some of our favourite interesting bits of trivia about libraries and librarians.
Jacob Grimm, Philip Larkin, Casanova, David Hume, Jorge Luis Borges, and Lewis Carroll all worked as librarians.
Another word for a librarian is ‘bibliothecar’.
The man who invented the comma, colon, and full stop punctuation marks was a librarian of Alexandria called Aristophanes.
I have always imagined Paradise as a kind of library. – Jorge Luis Borges
The least borrowed book in British libraries was once found to be the 1964 book Gay Bulgaria by Stowers Johnson.
The smallest book in the Welsh National Library is ‘Old King Cole’. It measures 1mm x 1mm and the pages can only be turned with a needle.
Medicine for the soul. – Inscription over the door of the Library at Thebes
There is a rumour (sadly untrue) that the Harvard University library has four law books bound in human skin.
Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries. – Anne Herbert
The word ‘bibliothetic’ means ‘relating to the placing and arrangement of books on the shelves of a library’.
Popular science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) is the only author to have published a book in nine out of the ten Dewey library categories.
Playwright Joe Orton went to prison in 1962 for defacing library books. One of the cartoons he drew shows an elderly tattooed man in trunks.
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Image: Biblioteca del monastero di Strahov, Prague. Picture credit: Peopanda, via Wikimedia Commons