Core values: The growing need for repositories

In its day, the great library at Alexandria was known to hold "the memory of the world."Built and maintained by the Ptolemaic kings of northern Egypt who came after Alexander the Great, the library sought to preserve works from many lands and languages. It became thereby an invaluable source of knowledge for scholars, rulers, military strategists, city builders, and many others. Loss of the collection by fire is aptly counted among the great tragedies of history.The needs embodied by the great library have never changed. Building large collections of crucial source material has remained a way to ensure the vitality of knowledge in every conceivable discipline. To anyone engaged in a techn...

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