1. Flag-Box2Some libraries are very specialized. True or false: Washington, DC’s Folger Library only houses books about the coffee industry.
  2. Many works by Roman and Greek scholars were lost, although some were preserved in Arabic translations. When the Moors were driven out of Europe in 1492, some of these lost works were found in which country?
    A. France
    B. Germany
    C. Spain
  3. A library isn’t much use unless a user knows what’s available. True or false: The first modern library to create a general catalog was Bodleian Library at Oxford University.
  4. Public libraries, as we know them today, did not emerge until the mid-nineteenth century. True or false: The first public library in the US was founded in New Hampshire.
  5. The International School of Librarianship has trained librarians from all over Latin America. True or false: This school is located in Medellin, Colombia.
  6. The Bibliothèque Nationale in France is one of the world’s great libraries. Which of the following is not true about this library?
    A. It dates back to the fourteenth century.
    B. It has been housed in a palace for 300 years, and will stay there.
    C. It houses the largest collection of books in France.
  7. The Central Library of the National Autonomous University of Mexico is well known. True or false: Besides its collection, this Mexico City library is noted for the multicolored mosaics on its exterior.
  8. During the Renaissance, Italian leaders built prestigious libraries. Which of the following was designed by Michelangelo?
    A. The Medici Library in Florence
    B. The Neapolitan Library in Naples
    C. The Vatican Library in Rome
  9. China’s emperor Shih HuangTi is best known for building the Great Wall. True or false: He also revered books and built one of the word’s greatest libraries.
  10. Most countries have a national library which collects books from around the world. True or false: The Swiss National Library is unusual in that it only collects Swiss books or books about Switzerland.

Answers

  1. False. Folger houses the world’s leading collection of works by and about Shakespeare.
  2. C.
  3. True
  4. True. Founded in Peterborough in 1833, the library was the first to be financed by tax dollars.
  5. True
  6. B. It has outgrown its old home in the palace of Cardinal Mazarin and is being moved.
  7. True. It is one of the most photographed libraries in Latin America.
  8. A.
  9. False. He was one of China’s greatest book-burners, ordering the destruction of thousands of books in 213 B.C.
  10. True