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 "Libraries are as the shrine where all the relics of the ancient saints, full of true virtue, and all that without delusion or imposture are preserved and reposed."
– Sir Francis Bacon
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The Great Library is a scientific wonder that provides useful bonuses early on. It is arguably the best wonder in the entire game. First, its effect to grant 1 free technology on top of providing a free Library is proven to be extremely useful, especially in the Ancient Era. Second, its overall boost to Science Science (along with the free Library and Great Scientist point) may prove invaluable to your early game tech progression. Finally, starting in Brave New World, it provides two free slots for Great Works of Writing, which are exceptionally useful for the Tourism Tourism race that starts in the mid-game.

If you want to have a good chance of finishing the Great Library, it's recommended to start building it as soon as possible. Unless pursuing an early rush, you're highly recommended when playing on Prince difficulty or below. However, it's not always recommended to build this wonder as it'll slow down your early-game expansion. With the boosts that the AI receives on King difficulty and above, they may easily build it ahead of you, especially if you have poor Production Production. If you plan on building it, your starting research order should be Pottery first and Writing second, or you risk being outraced by the others.

Like many wonders that provide free buildings, if you're building the Great Library, do so before you build the normal Library.

Civilopedia entry[]

The Great Library of Alexandria was one of the two most important libraries of the ancient world. Ptolemy I founded it around 300 BC, and the Library was enhanced and expanded by his successors. The Library attempted to obtain copies of all scrolls of any consequence, and eventually contained over 700,000 volumes. Religious fanatics destroyed the library in 391 AD, after nearly 700 years of operation. Today, only a portion of the catalog survives, providing us with a mere hint of what treasures the library contained.

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  • Ancient sources differ widely on who is responsible for the destruction and when it occurred. Although there is a mythology of the burning of the Library at Alexandria, the library may have suffered several fires or acts of destruction over many years. Possible occasions for the partial or complete destruction of the Library of Alexandria include a fire set by Julius Caesar in 48 BC, an attack by Aurelian in the 270s AD, the decree of Coptic Pope Theophilus in 391 AD, and the Muslim conquest of Egypt in 642 AD.

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Civilization V Wonders [edit]
World Wonders Alhambra GodsKings5 clearAngkor WatBig BenBorobudur BNW-onlyBrandenburg GateBroadway BNW-onlyCN Tower GodsKings5 clearChichen ItzaColossusCristo RedentorEiffel TowerForbidden PalaceGlobe Theatre BNW-onlyGreat Firewall GodsKings5 clearGreat LibraryGreat LighthouseGreat Mosque of Djenne GodsKings5 clearGreat WallHagia SophiaHanging GardensHimeji CastleHubble Space Telescope GodsKings5 clearInternational Space Station BNW-onlyKremlinLarge Hadron Collider2Leaning Tower of Pisa GodsKings5 clearLouvreMachu PicchuMausoleum of Halicarnassus1Motherland Calls2 BNW-onlyNeuschwanstein GodsKings5 clearNotre DameOraclePanama Canal2Parthenon BNW-onlyPentagonPetra GodsKings5 clearPorcelain TowerProra BNW-onlyPyramidsRed Fort BNW-onlySistine ChapelStatue of LibertyStatue of Zeus1StonehengeSydney Opera HouseTaj MahalTemple of Artemis1Terracotta Army GodsKings5 clearThree Gorges Dam2Uffizi BNW-onlyUnited Nations
National Wonders Circus MaximusEast India Company BNW-onlyGrand Temple GodsKings5 clearHermitageHeroic EpicIronworksNational CollegeNational EpicNational Intelligence Agency GodsKings5 clearNational TreasuryNational Visitor Center BNW-onlyOxford UniversityPalace
Natural Wonders Cerro de PotosiEl DoradoFountain of YouthKing Solomon's Mines BNW-onlyKrakatoaLake Titicaca2Lake Victoria BNW-onlyMt. Everest2Mt. FujiMt. Kailash GodsKings5 clearMt. Kilimanjaro BNW-onlyMt. Sinai GodsKings5 clearOld FaithfulRock of GibraltarSri Pada GodsKings5 clearThe Barringer CraterThe Grand MesaThe Great Barrier ReefUluru GodsKings5 clear
1 Requires a DLC2 Сut from the game

GodsKings5 clear Added in the Gods & Kings expansion pack.
BNW-only Added in the Brave New World expansion pack.

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