The working library of Hereford Cathedral in England originated in the eleventh century. The chained library at the cathedral, containing 229 medieval manuscripts, remains the largest historic chained library in the world, with all its rods, chains and locks intact. It has been preserved in the form in which it was maintained from 1611 to 1841. Ohhhhhhhh my gosh.....
The front of the public library in Duluth, MN! -- "These oversize books were painted on the back of a large concrete pillar on the Duluth Public Library's outdoor Plaza. Funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund."
An example of the chaining of books in libraries in the 12th cntury throughout Britain. This was preferable to the other option of being locked in a cage with the book. Good thing we're more trusting these days!
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