History of Libraries

Ancient Libraries

State Archives built

1900 BC

Ancient Egyptian scrolls

1300 BC - 1200 BC

First alphabet formed, helped create written text/books

1000 BC

Very Early Libraries

Great Library of Alexandria is founded

300 BC

Rome starts having big collections of books

Approx. 150 BC

The Seven Epitomes - Chinese catalogue of all books in Inner Court

Approx. 20 BC - Approx. 10 CE

Great Library of Alexandria destroyed

48 AD - 642 AD

Early Libraries

Monasteries affect libraries

Approx. 500

Books from a Persian academy are burned by Muslims

638

Chinese libraries give young servants opportunities to work

960 - 1279

Islamic/Arabic Libraries

Houses of Science (public libraries) built

700 - 900

House of Wisdom in Baghdad founded

830

Bibliography published - includes all books in Arabic

938

Mosques are built, used as libraries

945 - 1055

Later/Modern Libraries

Renaissance libraries

1400 - 1500

Libraries become very popular

1600 - 1800

More library professions were given; prison, academic, medical libraries

1875