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The once and future library

from MIT News

COMMENT Beyond being a book repository, the ancient Library of Alexandria was a working resource for scholars. Joined physically to the "Mouseion" — a Greek word meaning a place where the Muses of myth are active — the library contained a lecture hall ("exedra"), a refectory for communal meals ("oikos"), and a covered walkway ("peripatos"), where scholars could walk in the shade with their books, debating, reading, and talking. This ancient image of the library as a place for scholars to collaborate, to eat, to read, and to think endures — even as we have experienced a sea change in how information is preserved, discovered, and shared in the digital age. more


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