Walking into a library of great significance, you immediately feel a sense of peace. You’re walking into a beautiful piece of history. You’re embarking on an adventure. Whether it’s for educational purposes or for personal interest, libraries are host to some of the most valuable information about our world.
As a writer and a lover of reading, libraries are one of my favorite places to be. Maybe it’s a mix of being surrounded by all the history of our world, or maybe it’s the peaceful feeling I get from being in that environment. I also have to admit the smell of an old library book invigorates me. Have you ever just opened an old book and got a whif of the scent? It’s am intriguing smell.
Unique in its crevices, a solid spine like no other, and the soft touch of each page simply make me feel at peace. If you have a deep appreciation for books and the individual history behind each, then you will completely understand where I’m coming from. But if you’ve never thought of a book that way, then I hope I just enticed you to go out and smell a book, as weird as that may sound.
If you have never been to a famous library or just a big one, I urge you to do so. The bigger the library, the bigger the attraction. Meaning that each library is a museum of its own. Some of the biggest libraries in the world are home to famous pieces of art, some of the most important findings in our history, and boasts the largest collections of books.
Such as the Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland, which happens to be one of my favorite libraries, and one I plan to visit at some point in my life. I’m pretty sure when I visit that library I would feel like I died and went to library heaven. It is by far one of the oldest and most beautiful libraries visible to the human eye. Making countless others as well.
I tell people this all the time, visit a library. Go to your local library and check out a random book. Learn about history, go on an adventure, and get lost in a good story.
You see, that’s the point. Libraries give you all the knowledge you could ever need. I sometimes wish that we didn’t have Internet because I feel like it has diminished the need for books. The demand for paper products becomes less and less every year. While the demand for faster and better technology is on overload.
To lose all the books in the world would be equivalent to losing ourselves as human beings.
It’s both a tragedy and a consequence. Subsequently, who would we be? What would our existence mean? There’s a reason why you hear about major libraries being destroyed by man, simply because they wanted to be in power and mold people to their beliefs and create a new history.
For example, the Library of Alexandria. One of the oldest, largest and most significant libraries thats dates back to the 3rd century BC. It holds some of the most important historical information and knowledge. It’s a known fact that there are many missing scrolls and books due to an attempt to burn down the library soon after it was created and built. If it had been completely intact still, and well kept, I imagine myself walking through those halls. What an honor that would be.
Another interesting thing to think about. We’re constantly finding historical items, that continue to tell us more about the history of our world. Much of which still can’t be translated or understood, due to loss of translation and unknown languages that we have yet to decipher.
Libraries all around the world have the answers to all our questions and to find them is an adventure within itself.
Explore a big library at least once in your life. Even go to your local library. You never know what awaits you. What was meant to be an hour trip could turn into a four hour trip simply because you lost track of time due to being lost in adventure. Libraries are not boring, they are the key to continuing our existence as humans and to marking our place in this world.