Some interesting and quirky facts about libraries that you may not know:
– In ancient Egypt, all ships visiting the city were obliged to surrender their books to the library of Alexandria and be copied. The original would be kept in the library and the copy given back to the owner.
– There is a library in Estonian airport, where you can borrow books for your trip and the whole thing operates off an honor system.
– There are no due dates, not even a librarian. If a patron wants to keep a book, the airport just asks that they supply a different one.
– There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the United States.
– There are libraries around the world where you can check-out humans as a living book and listen to their stories. There are 150 such libraries around the world.
– Some German cities have public “art libraries” where you pay up to five Euros to borrow paintings and sculptures from local artists to put into your own home for several months.
– The Guinness Book of World Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from public libraries.
– Some libraries allow you to check out seeds with the intention that you will replace the seeds when your crop is harvested.
– The Harvard University library collection of books bound in human skin.
– A 124,500 square foot abandoned Walmart in McAllen, Texas, has been turned into the largest single-floor public library in the United States.
– Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University has no windows because the walls are made of translucent marble.
– In Norway, you can return your library book anywhere in the country regardless of where it was loaned.
– The Oakland Library in California maintains a “tool lending library” of 3500 tools to lend out to the community.