Already in the 4th Century AD , there were in Rome no less than 28 public libraries !
An impressive number , but says nothing about the use of the premises. The libraries are not turned at that time namely a broad , literary public. These were not simple , although the high degree of literacy . Libraries were in ancient times primarily consuming built , architecturally valuable " temple of culture " , which served primarily the representation of their builders . - The first planned library in Rome had ordered Caesar . Through his assassination , the building did not materialize. His henchman Asinius Pollio put the plan shortly after 39 BC into action .
A number of other emperors took this cultural policy measure as a model.
Users of public libraries were primarily scholars , writers and students. High frequented the libraries should hardly have been , especially since it was presence of libraries and the books were therefore not borrowed. The scrolls were housed in locked cabinets that were in a decorated with busts of philosophers and poets reading room. The desired literature of the servants of the library was allowed to bring .
How does the use of a library with the usual in antiquity , reading aloud adjourned , is an open question . Probably it was far more cheerful and noisy to in public libraries than in our current reading rooms.