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Library
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1. Definition and premodern development

The Greek word bibliothḗkē (literally “store for books”), which dates back to the 5th century BCE, later came to denote the storage room, then to a special building, and finally to the collection of  books itself. The close correlation between storage and learned use of books was crucial to the early history of the lib…

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Füssel, Stephan and Simon, Holger, “Library”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017607>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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