Doesitevenmatter3 asked what the oldest library is. I didn’t know the answer to this and did my research.
The oldest library was the Royal Library of Alexandria and it was built-in 300 BC in Alexandria, Egypt. During its time, the library was learning center. During the Alexandrian wars, Julius Caesar accidentally burnt it down.
There are no pictures of the library, but I found a sketch that shows what it looked like.
I bet it was a wonderful library.
And now I’ll tell you about a few other old libraries.
The world’s oldest running library is St. Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai, Egypt. It was built around 550 AD and has one of the world’s largest collections of religious literature and Byzantine manuscripts.
However, the library is not open to the public. Only monks and scholars who are invited are allowed inside.
The world’s oldest running public library is La Bibliotheque National de France (National library of France).
The library dates back to 1368 and the picture above is of the reading room.