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During the great library building era of the late Victorian and early Edwardian period, there was a belief these institutions would be central to an educational renaissance - they would provide a resource for everyone to use and learn from.
Books On Fire begins very promisingly with the Great Library at Alexandria (destroyed by the Romans during Cleopatra's time).
From the burning of the great library of Alexandria on three separate occasions, to the biblio-destruction inflicted under Nazi occupation and library ransacking during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Books on Fire explores the literary tragedies of history, and follows up with a new possible threat to the physical paper book--the digital book.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously "The Law Society does not infringe copyright when a single copy of a reported decision, case summary, statute, regulation or a limited selection of text from a treatise is made by the Great Library in accordance with its access policy.
Newspapers and news programs throughout Europe are openly comparing America's role in Iraq to the burning of the great Library of Alexandria, the Goths' sacking of Rome, and the Mongols' sacking of Baghdad in the 13th century.
Today, with the building of the new library, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina--the building occupies the site of the palaces of the Ptolemies not far from where the Great Library stood in antiquity, the city is again looking to the future.
Unfortunately, the Sight has not been awakened in 14-year-old Lirael; instead she throws herself into working in the great library of the Clayr.
Since the time of the great library of Alexandria, scholars have recognized the value of central repositories of knowledge," Richard Roberts and other scientists wrote in the journal Science.