In my mind, libraries are, in their own way, cathedrals. They are monuments to higher ideals of learning, sharing, knowledge, inspiration, imagination, community, and growth.
Libraries are where people go to hope and search for a new way of thinking. They go to find words that will inspire them or spark their creativity.
Libraries are our ties to the past where we keep our collective wisdom and history. They help us determine our sense of community and values and identity.
We worship great writers, both past and present, and exalt those who can put a pen to paper to create something new and yet unseen in this world.
They are a place to think and reflect about yourself, your world, humanity, the known and unknown.
And yet, libraries, just as religions, contain our sins and ugliest thoughts and desires. They hold conflicting knowledge and ideas.
When you are in a library, you are in a sacred space.
This post is inspired by the article 10 Libraries That Should Be On Every Booklover’s Bucket List.