Library Geek

Posted: May 27, 2011 in Musings
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Libraries

1. have more cardholders than Visa

2. more outlets than McDonalds and

3. move more items than FedEx.

4. In 48 BC, Julius Ceasar accidentally burnt down the greatest library in the ancient world, the Royal Library of Alexandria, when he set fire to his own ships in a battle. The resultant firestorm swept from the docks to the Royal Library destroying its priceless 400,000 scrolls. Cleopatra by all accounts, was not amused.

5. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the largest library in the world is the US Library of Congress with an estimated 30 million books.

6. The National Library of Australia holds over 2.7 million books including the largest collection of Australian printed material in the world.

7. Giacomo Casanova, legendary lover and author, spent the latter part of his life as a librarian. Employed to catalogue Count Waldstein of Bohemia’s collection, he apparently did nothing but write books and attend to his own correspondence (bad librarian, very bad librarian).

8. The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for the book most often stolen from public libraries.

9. The names of the two stone lions in front of the New York Public library are Patience and Fortitude.

10. It’s Library Week (in Australia at any rate), so get thee to a bibliotheca to celebrate. đŸ™‚

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Comments
  1. You definitely don’t feel like you’re in Kansas in front of that facade. Love the pic and post Christine. After a good restaurant, libraries are one of my favourite places to ‘hang’ also.

  2. Emily Carter says:

    I worked in a library and I know why the Guinness Book of Records is the most stolen book. It’s because kids are obsessed by it. And because, when librarians find a book everyone wants, they like to whisk it away to the reference only section. I love librarians, but they make some very strange decisions.

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