Over the 125 years of the New York Public Library's existence, the most checked-out books are: The Snowy Day, The Cat in the Hat, 1984, Where the Wild Things Are, To Kill a Mockingbird, Charlotte's Web, Fahrenheit 451, How to Win Friends..., Harry Potter 1, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar nypl.org/125/topcheckouts
The solution to the world's largest math problem, calculated in 2016 using a supercomputer, takes up 200 TB of text (equal to the entire content of the world’s largest library). The award for solving the problem, posed in the 1980s, was $100, and was given to the three researchers who solved it techtimes.com/articles/16…
Today I learned about Nancy Dupree, an American-born woman who became known as the 'grandmother of Afghanistan.' Moving there in 1962 as a diplomat's wife, she spent the rest of her life in and around the country, collecting and saving documents and eventually founding a new library of Afghan history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan…
NWA's Straight Outta Compton was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant.” maxim.com/entertainment/n…
The British Library must store one copy of every single book published in the UK and Ireland. It houses over 200,000,000 publications, adds 6 miles (9.65 km) of new shelf space a year, and receives over 8000 new publications each day en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
In the 1930s in Iowa, a cook created the Sloppy Joe. Based on research from Marilyn Brown at the Carnegie Library, this cooks name is thought to be Joe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slo…
Despite publishing vast quantities of literature only three Mayan books exist today due to the Spanish ordering all Mayan books and libraries to be destroyed for being, "lies of the devil." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
The Carnegie libraries in New York are topped with apartments. Each library had a custodian who was tasked with keeping the coal furnace burning and lived in the library, often with his family. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Ivy league schools all had ties to the Opium trade in the late 19th century with major benefactors using their drug money to fund libraries, societies and even Princeton itself. Undergrads even began running opium dens from Boston to New York until a Harvard student OD'd in 1889. thecrimson.com/article/20…
The blind librarian Jorge of Burgos from Umberto Eco's classic The Name of the Rose is a nod to the great author Jorge Luis Borges, who was a major influence on Eco. Borges was blind during his later years and was also the director of the National Library of Argentina. encyclopedia.com/arts/edu…
In 1789, George Washington borrowed a book from the New York Society Library and never returned it. In 2010, Mount Vernon staff returned the book 221 years late, by which time the overdue fine had reached $300,000, adjusted for inflation. (The fine was waived.) in.reuters.com/article/us…
Today I learned of the sunkin library book burning memorial in Berlin, Germany. The library is built underground, is not accessible to the public, and can only be viewed through a glass plate that shows enough empty bookcases to hold 20,000 books, the amount burned in a book burning event on May 10, 1933. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
There is a collection agency that specializes in collecting library late fees, and have collected over $1 billion in fines on behalf of 2,000 libraries pymnts.com/news/retail/20…
Today I learned about "Leonardo da Toenail", a man who went about the University of Southern California surreptitiously painting women's toenails as they studied in the library in the 1980s. Eventually a suspect was caught with 15 bottles of nail polish on him but disappeared before his hearing. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Today I learned of the library of Ashurbanipal, a collection of over 30,000 cuneiform tablets from the Assyrian empire that was discovered in the ruins of the ancient city of Nineveh. blog.britishmuseum.org/a-…
In Norway, when book is published, Arts Council Norway purchases 1,000 copies for distribution to libraries – 1,500 copies if it’s a children’s book. norway.no/en/india/norway…
Andrew Carnegie believed that public libraries were the key to self-improvement for ordinary Americans. Thus, in the years between 1886 and 1917, Carnegie financed the construction of 2,811 public libraries, most of which were in the US santamonica.gov/blog/look…
George Washington borrowed The Law of Nations from the New York Society Library and didn't return it. Mount Vernon estate returned the book in 2010 (221 years overdue) after the Head librarian joked they were "not actively pursuing the overdue fines," they would appreciate having it back. rd.com/culture/overdue-li…
Dolly Parton has a book gifting program called the Imagination Library, which gifts free books every month to children, from birth until school imaginationlibrary.com/au…
In order to get the fluid and cartoonish animations that 'Crash Bandicoot' required, programmers found a way to hack into the hardware of the Sony Playstation and exploited built-in code libraries to maximize the available memory for the game arstechnica.com/gaming/20…
The marble lions outside the New York Public Library were named Patience and Fortitude by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia during the Great Depression nypl.org/help/about-nypl/…
It is estimated that 80 to 90 percent of all silent films are lost. According to research by Library of Congress only 14 percent of the 10,919 silent feature films released by major American studios between 1912 and 1929 is located and preserved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Dewey Readmore Books was a cat adopted by a public library in Spencer, Iowa. He was rescued after being abandoned in the library's book drop, and went on to achieve international fame as a library cat. Following his death, his obituary was featured in over 270 newspapers worldwide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dew…
Today I learned about The Human Library, an international organization/movement started in 2000 and active in more than 80 countries where, instead of books you 'borrow' people. People with interesting and unique life stories volunteer to be the 'books' and share their experience and answer questions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Master of Puppets was the first metal album to be preserved by the US Library of Congress kqed.org/arts/11433819/me…
There's a modern university library with see through floors cornellsun.com/2019/11/17…
The U.S. National Library of Medicine studied children’s posture and found sitting on the floor has a positive effect on posture (Nearly Double) compared to using a traditional chair chairpickr.com/do-gaming-…
Bill Gates predicts that the growth of instructional software will replace textbooks. However, in a 2018 survey of college students, the trade publication Library Journal found that 75 percent say that reading print books is easier than e-books edsurge.com/news/2019-04-…
The National Library of Sweden has a 16th century book that can be read six different ways. thisiscolossal.com/2014/0…
It's possible to buy random, assorted books "by the foot", for the sake of filling up and decorating otherwise empty bookshelves and libraries, a service typically used by filmmakers and decorators, but also rich people on occasion. theparisreview.org/blog/2…
In 1959, police were called to a segregated library in S. Carolina when a 9yr-old Black boy refused to leave. He later got a PhD in Physics from MIT, and died in 1986, one of the astronauts aboard the space shuttle Challenger. The library that refused to lend him books is now named after him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
Thomas Jefferson resigned as Secretary of the State under George Washington and his letter of resignation has been transcribed and is still in the library of Congress today. loc.gov/resource/mtj1.019…
Today I learned of the Piccirilli Brothers, who carved the Lincoln statue (DC), the NY Public Library lions, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (DC), the NY Stock Exchange, and the Washington Square Arch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pic…
Turkish Garbage Collectors Curate Their Own Library using books they have collected that people have thrown away. The sanitation workers have already amassed a collection of more than 6,000 books. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Norbert Pearlroth was the silent partner of Ripley's Believe It or Not. He was the soul researcher, answering 3000 letters a week, examining 7000 books a year, spending 10 hours a day, six days a week at the New York Library, and fluent in 14 languages. He produced 24 items a week for 52 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
In 2010, the Library of Congress announced an exciting and groundbreaking acquisitionβ€”a gift from Twitter of the entire archive of public tweet text beginning with the first tweets of 2006 through 2010, and continuing with all public tweet text going forward. blogs.loc.gov/loc/2017/12…
A team of 500 goats helped save the Ronald Reagan library in California from wildfires, by eating through 13 acres of surrounding scrubland. This created a vital fire break. theguardian.com/us-news/2…
The Clarendon Library in Oxford has a clock that has been powered by the same batteries since 1840. To date its bells have rung over 10 Billion times. physics.ox.ac.uk/history.…
The massive ancient library of Ninevah (think: Mesopotamian equivalent of the library of Alexandria) was burnt by the Medes. Unlike a library containing organic documents, the fires treated the ~30,000 clay tablets and preserved the cuneiform text very well rather than destroying it. ancient.eu/nineveh/
Today I learned of George Peter Metesky, better known as the "Mad Bomber," who terrorized New York City for 16 years in the 1940s and 1950s with explosives that he planted in theaters, terminals, libraries and offices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Thomas Jefferson had a copy of a 1734 edition Qu'ran in his private library. Historians believe he bought the book while studying law to better understand Islam’s influence on some of the world’s legal systems. smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
Today I learned about The Day The Clown Cried, directed and starring Jerry Lewis about a clown sent to a concentration camp. The ambitious 1972 film was plagued by problems in production and was never finished. Lewis' son donated an incomplete copy to the Library of Congress but won't be shown until 2025. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A lost play by Alexandre Dumas was discovered in the French National Library archives in 2002 iforum.umontreal.ca/Forum…
There is a Solar Library containing the Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy, stored in a 5D optical data storage made of quartz, in the glovebox of the Cherry Red Tesla Roadster orbiting the Sun. The Arch library will orbit the Sun for at least 30 millions of years inside Elon's Tesla Roadster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
The Amundsen-Scott station at the geographic South Pole has a basketball court, gym, music room, craft room, library, sauna, and two TV/movie lounges. amylowitz.com/SouthPole/p…
Ivan the Terrible died without ever telling anyone where he put the library he inherited from his grandfather, and ever since there has been a treasure hunt for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los…
In ancient Egypt, under the decree of Ptolemy II, 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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
Today I learned about the Library of Congress's Delta Collection, a secret collection of obscene materials that had restricted access lithub.com/state-censorsh…
During Poland's "Deluge," a Swedish Invasion that virtually destroyed the country, many whole libraries (including the Royal Library) were stolen, put on boats, and shipped to Sweden. The Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth became an "intellectual desert" and some of these books remain in Sweden. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…
In 1930, a lawyer tried to leave $50,000 in trust to build a Womanless library. β€œNo Woman Admitted” signs were to be posted at each entrance and no works by women were to be allowed on the premises. His family successfully challenged his will after his death, and the plans were scrapped. theguardian.com/lifeandst…

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