BackArrowGreen Back to the list of wonders
"We can roam the bloated stacks of the Library of Alexandria, where all imagination and knowledge are assembled, we can recognize in its destruction the warning that all we gather will be lost."
–Alberto Manguel
Wikipedia has a page called:

The Great Library is a Classical Era Wonder in Civilization VI. It must be built on flat land adjacent to a Campus with a Library.


In the base game, this is one of the worst Wonders in the game. It is unlocked by a late Classical Era civic and grants Eurekas to all Ancient and Classical Era technologies, which most likely are already boosted or available to you. Its other boosts are way too insignificant to justify the Wonder cost. Theoretically, the only case in which the wonder is worth it is when a civilization is lagging severely in tech development, while at the same time it has very strong Civ6Culture Culture and has managed to unlock the Great Library relatively early. However, you always start with more Civ6Science Science per turn than Civ6Culture Culture (except when playing as Trajan), Campus is unlocked way before Theater Square, and the Eureka that boosts Writing (the tech is used to unlock Campus) is almost always guaranteed while the Inspiration that boosts Drama and Poetry (the civic is used to unlock Theater Square) is hard and expensive to obtain. All in all, the situation where you are so far ahead on the Civic tree compared to the Technology tree in late Classical to make this Wonder work is unheard of, if not downright impossible. The only use for this Wonder in the base game is the 2 GreatWorkWriting6 Great Works of Writing slots, so it actually helps Cultural civilizations more than Scientific ones, but still, it should be almost always at the bottom of the priority list.

From Rise and Fall and beyond, you will get a random boost for the rest of the game as other players are also likely gaining more Great Scientists than yourself, which actually makes the Wonder somewhat decent. It helps Culture-focused civilizations advance faster on the Technology tree while can relatively freely develop their Culture and Tourism6 Tourism foundation. If you are playing as a civilization who likes putting down a lot of Campuses and go for a Scientific Victory, again, since you are most likely getting the majority of Great Scientists, this Wonder basically becomes the waste of Civ6Production Production it was in the base game, so ironically, this "Library" is worthless to Scientific players. Even China, who, on paper may get more out of this wonder than most due to their boosts being 50% rather than 40%, should not build this Wonder unless they are going for a Victory that is not Scientific (most suitably, Cultural).

Civilopedia entry Edit

It is generally assumed that the Royal Library of Alexandria was founded at the beginning of the 3rd Century BC during the reign of Ptolemy II after his father had built the Temple of the Muses on the site. The original collection is attributed to Demetrius Phalereus, a student of Aristotle’s (supposedly the famed philosopher’s own scrolls served as the seed); with the patronage of Ptolemy’s successors, the holdings eventually reached between 400 and 700 thousand papyrus scrolls and various vellum codices. Expansion of the collection became an obsession for some of the rulers; by decree of Ptolemy III, all visitors to the city had to surrender any writings in their possession, which were copied for the Library. Sources differ widely on responsibility for the fiery destruction of the Great Library’s collection of texts; usual suspects listed include Julius Caesar’s troops in 48 BC, Roman Emperor Aurelian c. 270 AD, and others. But it does appear that the last vestiges were burned in 391 at the orders of the Patriarch Theophilus to eradicate pagan influences in Egypt – not the last time Christians would burn books.

Gallery Edit


CIVILIZATION VI - The Great Library (Wonder Movies)

CIVILIZATION VI - The Great Library (Wonder Movies)

Related achievementsEdit

Steam achievement Greatest Is As Greatest Does (Civ6)
Greatest Is As Greatest Does
Playing as Macedon, conquer a city containing both the Great Library and Great Lighthouse wonders
Both wonders have the epithet 'Great' as did Alexander. Also, both were built in one of his founded cities (Alexandria in Egypt).
Wonders in Civilization VI

AlhambraAmundsen-Scott Research Station1Angkor WatApadanaBig BenBolshoi TheatreBroadwayCasa de Contratación1Chichen ItzaColosseumColossusCristo RedentorEiffel TowerEstádio do MaracanãForbidden CityGolden Gate Bridge2Great Bath2Great LibraryGreat LighthouseGreat ZimbabweHagia SophiaHanging GardensHermitageHuey TeocalliJebel BarkalKilwa Kisiwani1Kotoku-in1Machu Picchu2Mahabodhi TempleMausoleum at HalicarnassusMeenakshi Temple2Mont St. MichelOracleOrszágház2Oxford UniversityPanama Canal2PetraPotala PalacePyramidsRuhr ValleyStatue of Liberty1St. Basil's Cathedral1StonehengeSydney Opera HouseTaj Mahal1Temple of Artemis1Terracotta ArmyUniversity of Sankore2Venetian Arsenal

Natural Wonders

Chocolate Hills2Cliffs of DoverCrater LakeDead SeaDelicate Arch1Eye of the Sahara1Eyjafjallajökull3Galápagos IslandsGiant's Causeway3Gobustan2Great Barrier ReefHạ Long Bay3Ik-Kil2Kakadu4Lake Retba1Lysefjord3Mato Tipila2Matterhorn1Mount EverestMount KilimanjaroMount Roraima1Mount Vesuvius2Pamukkale2PantanalPinnacles4PiopiotahiSahara el Beyda2Torres del PaineTsingy de BemarahaUbsunur Hollow1Uluru3Vinland4 YosemiteZhangye Danxia1

1: Added in Rise and Fall2: Added in Gathering Storm3: Requires DLC4: Specific scenario games only
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.