Why spend a day in the library when you can learn the same thing by working in the laboratory for a month?
Being a writer in a library is rather like being a eunuch in a harem.New York Times, 7 October 1962
Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace, and wit, reminders of order, calm, and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark. The pleasure they give is steady, unorgastic, reliable, deep, and long-lasting. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still, and absorbed.Germaine Greer
In science by a fiction as remarkable as any to be found in law, what once been published even though it be in the Russian language, is spoken of as known, and it is too often forgotten that the rediscovery in the library may be a more difficult and uncertain process than the first discovery in the laboratory.strutt, john, 3rd baron rayleigh
We know for a fact that the library is the main access point to the Internet outside of the home and workplace. Particularly for young people, information about AIDS, sexuality, suicide could mean the difference between life and death. This law keeps us from giving people access to the information they need.judith krug
Security can be found in renunciation of ownership over people, money, and real assets; to gain, keep or protect that which others need for periods of legitimate access. A lending library enables people to help themselves to information; a locked-up book collection is useful only to the person who owns it.bill mollison
I have always imagined Paradise as a kind of library.Jorge Luis Borges, in Dreamtigers [El hacedor : literal translation: The Maker] (1960)
The supposed great library at Alexandria was destroyed by the men of Mohammed for the, to them, satisfactory reason that if the books in it agreed with the Koran they were unnecessary, and if they did not agree with it they were unsound. Will ever some devoted advocate or some legions of such devotees of the real law the red-eyed kind, if you please arise and settle this question by a conflagration?Author unidentified.
A man will turn over half a library to make one book.Samuel Johnson, reported in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson (1775).
Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly.Roger Ebert, "Critical Eye" column, Yahoo! Internet Life, September 1998, p. 66
All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind ; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind.Swami Vivekananda, in Pearls of Wisdom edited by the Ramakrishna Mission
My library Was dukedom large enough.Prospero, scene ii
at Latin library (unknown edition):Bellum Catilinae
Of troubles none is greater than to be robbed of one’s native land. (translated by David Kovacs: Perseus Digital library)Line 653