Category: library

Before Google, there were librarians: Weird and funny questions…

Before Google, there were librarians: Weird and funny questions submitted to the New York Public Library pre-internet.

Pictures inside the library of Holland House in 1907, and in…

Pictures inside the library of Holland House in 1907, and in 1940 with bibliophiles after German World War II bomb damage.

Massive Roman Library Found In German City

A large ancient wall, clearly Roman, was first unearthed in the German city of Cologne in 2017. It is not that surprising to find Roman buildings there. Cologne is one of Germany’s oldest cities, founded by the Romans in 50 AD under the name Colonia, or “colony.” What made the find interesting was its size, and the strange small niches built into the wall. 

After comparisons with Roman ruins elsewhere, archaeologists think they have figured out the mystery. The building was a Roman library. The niches were to hold scrolls. Rather a lot of scrolls; it is estimated the library could have held up to 20,000 scrolls.

The building would have been slightly smaller than the famed library at Ephesus, which was built in 117 CE. Cologne’s library was also likely built later, in the mid-100s CE. Located in the middle of the city, near the forum, Cologne’s library was intended for public use. And it was popular enough that eventually an extension was added!

Children surrounding the wagon of the Bronx Traveling Library,…

Children surrounding the wagon of the Bronx Traveling Library, Westchester Square branch, New York, circa 1940s.

pogphotoarchives: Librarian re-shelving books,…

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Librarian re-shelving books, Santa Fe Public Library, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Date: 1957
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The Prince George’s County Memorial Library bookmobile in…

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library bookmobile in Woodmore, Maryland, 1951.

Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Arizona, February 4, 1941

Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Arizona, February 4, 1941

25 gorgeous photographs of the Cincinnati’s Old Main…

25 gorgeous photographs of the Cincinnati’s Old Main public library before it was demolished in 1955.

Vedran Smajlović performs in Sarajevo’s …

Vedran Smajlović performs in Sarajevo’s partially destroyed National Library in 1992

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Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid, España)
Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid, Spain)

Biblioteca Real
Royal Library