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The Library is a basic scientific building in Civilization VI. It is built in the Campus district (or one of its replacements).


This is one of the earliest (and cheapest) available buildings in the game, and a great booster to your technological development. Besides its intrinsic Science Science bonus, it also provides the first Specialist slot for its Campus, which allows a further +2 Science Science!

It also allows you to jump-start the attraction of a Great Scientist, one of the Great People who will help you advance even faster on the tech tree.

The Great Scientist Hypatia can be used to instantly build a Library in a Campus and to give all Libraries an extra +1 Science Science, and the Great Scientist Isaac Newton can be used to instantly build a Library and a University in a Campus.

In Rise and Fall, each scientific city-state with 3 or more Envoy Envoys gives an additional +2 Science Science in each Library.

Civilopedia entry[]

Once literacy fastened on civilization, it was inevitable that reading materials (books, periodicals, maps, newspapers, scrolls, tablets, documents of all sorts) should be gathered in one place – a library. The first libraries, those of Sumer dating back to approximately 2600 BC, were archives of clay tablets covered in cuneiform script. Over 30 thousand clay tablets have been unearthed in the Library of Ashurbanipal in Nineveh, including the Epic of Gilgamesh. The Library of Alexandria was the greatest and most significant library in the classical world, but it was burned – a fate most great libraries suffer, it seems. While Europe plunged into a Dark Age, libraries flourished under the Muslim Arabs, whose development of papermaking helped considerably in their acquisition of texts from the known world. Although many of these historical libraries were open to all, the foundation of free, public libraries came with the British Public Libraries Act of 1850, a boon to the literate (about 76% in 1870) no matter their low birth.

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Preserve1 Buildings Grove1Sanctuary1
Entertainment Complex Buildings Arena (Tlachtli) • Zoo (Thermal Bath GS-Only.png) • Stadium
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Neighborhood Buildings Food Market R&F-Only.pngShopping Mall R&F-Only.png
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Aerodrome Buildings HangarAirport
Government Plaza R&F-Only.png Buildings Ancestral Hall R&F-Only.pngAudience Chamber R&F-Only.pngWarlord's Throne R&F-Only.pngForeign Ministry R&F-Only.pngGrand Master's Chapel R&F-Only.pngIntelligence Agency R&F-Only.pngQueen's Bibliotheque GS-Only.pngNational History Museum R&F-Only.pngRoyal Society R&F-Only.pngWar Department R&F-Only.png
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Walled Quarter2 Buildings Keep2Mass Grave2Plague Hospital2
1 Requires a DLC2 Specific scenarios only • 3 Secret Societies mode only

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