library wars

rivalries are common among sports teams, political affiliations, and siblings. but among libraries? sure, there are libraries all over the world vying for the attention of their communities. but in ancient times, libraries actually went to war with each other to prove who was the boss of the academic world. these included the famous Library of Alexandria (which is usually introduced to first semester MLIS students at the beginning of their program) and the Library of Pergamum, who were known for battling (albeit, rather viciously) for top library honors in the Hellenistic Era. while things may have gotten messy for these two institutions, one positive note that emerged from all this was that libraries began to receive wider audiences and modern libraries have these opposite sides to thank for the attention.

 

the Library of Alexandria was the hip place to be back in the day

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