The ancient library at Alexandria, Egypt became a unique institution, influenced by Aristotle’s school in Athens and the Greek model of learning. The institution consisted of a museum, which functioned as a learning center, and a library collection. The Library grew under the generous patronage of the Ptolemies and became a thriving center for learning and scholarship. The Christian academic library shares some important similarities, but its starting point for knowledge is quite different.
Franz, PhD, Gerald
"Thinking Beyond the Scroll: The Ancient Library at Alexandria,"
The Christian Librarian: Vol. 54
, Article 9.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/tcl/vol54/iss1/9