This holiday about loving the library first began in 2006 in Australia. It was created by the State Library of New South Wells, and the following year it became an actual national holiday when the Australian Library and Information Association decided to get involved.
Today is also Valentine’s Day, so this holiday is often promoted as a way for single people who aren’t in a relationship to find soliace.
While this weird holiday originated in Australia, it is now celebrated across the world. Many places also have a new theme every year.
Libraries themselves go back much further than you might think. The world’s first library was originally started in Nippur, which was a town in Babylon around 2500 BC.
The largest library of the ancient world was the Library of Alexandria, which was establised in the third century BC.
Throughout the Middle Ages, only those of the ruling class were taught to read. Private libraries were formed by kings, and eventually the Vatican City established their own.
Once the printing press was invented, books became more accessible to lower classes, even though it took several centuries for reading to be common for those who poorer.