Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

The Library   By: (1844-1912)

Book cover

In "The Library" by Andrew Lang, readers are taken on a captivating journey through the world of books. Lang delves into the magical realm that is the library, exploring its history, significance, and influence on society.

The author's thorough research is evident from the start, as he guides readers through the evolution of libraries, from ancient repositories of knowledge to modern hubs of information. Lang's extensive knowledge of literature and his obvious love for books shine through as he intricately narrates various anecdotes about famous libraries and their invaluable collections.

One of the book's most intriguing aspects is its exploration of the psychology of libraries. Lang delves into the deep-seated human desire for knowledge and the unique experience of losing oneself in the stacks of books. He expertly describes the quiet, sacred atmosphere of libraries and the sense of reverence that book lovers feel when surrounded by countless volumes of written wisdom.

In addition to the historical and psychological aspects, Lang also discusses the future of libraries in the digital age. He analyses the challenges they face and their transformation into multimedia spaces that cater to diverse interests. This modern perspective adds relevance to the book, making it an engaging read not only for bibliophiles but also for anyone interested in the role of libraries in society today.

Lang's writing style is both accessible and eloquent, effortlessly intertwining facts, anecdotes, and personal reflections. His passion for the subject matter is palpable as he celebrates the magic of books and encourages readers to explore the countless treasures offered by librarians.

While "The Library" is not a book that will keep readers on the edge of their seat with suspenseful plot twists, it offers something far more valuable—a profound appreciation for the power of books and the spaces that house them. Lang's enchanting prose and captivating storytelling make for an enlightening and pleasurable reading experience.

Overall, "The Library" by Andrew Lang is a must-read for anyone with a love for literature and an admiration for the sanctuaries of knowledge that are libraries. This ode to books is a testament to their enduring significance in a rapidly evolving world. Lang's exploration of libraries from past to present is an enchanting reminder of the wonders we discover when we open the pages of a book and step into the alluring world of the written word.

First Page:




Books, books again, and books once more! These are our theme, which some miscall Mere madness, setting little store By copies either short or tall. But you, O slaves of shelf and stall! We rather write for you that hold Patched folios dear, and prize "the small, Rare volume, black with tarnished gold." A. D.


The pages in this volume on illuminated and other MSS. (with the exception of some anecdotes about Bussy Rabutin and Julie de Rambouillet) have been contributed by the Rev. W. J. Loftie, who has also written on early printed books (pp. 94 95). The pages on the Biblioklept (pp. 46 56) are reprinted, with the Editor's kind permission, from the Saturday Review; and a few remarks on the moral lessons of bookstalls are taken from an essay in the same journal.

Mr. Ingram Bywater, Fellow of Exeter College, and lately sub Librarian of the Bodleian, has very kindly read through the proofs of chapters I., II., and III., and suggested some alterations.

Thanks are also due to Mr. T. R. Buchanan, Fellow of All Souls College, for two plates from his "Book bindings in All Souls Library" (printed for private circulation), which he has been good enough to lend me... Continue reading book >>

eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book

Popular Genres
More Genres
Paid Books