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Libraries are locations. At a library, scribes can copy books/scrolls and scholars can write them. Dwarves (even those who are not assigned to the library) will sometimes come to read books or idle around, giving them happy thoughts.

Scholars of various races will visit your library, often bringing books of their own. They may be dwarven, humans, elves, and occasionally goblins and animal people who have become part of a non-hostile civilization. Occasionally they will take your books with them when they leave. They may also write their own books while visiting (using your supply of writing material in the process). These books effectively become property of your fortress, as the author usually doesn't take their books away upon leaving. On rare occasions, they will petition to become permanent part of your fortress for the purpose of studying.

[edit] Setting up a library

  • Hit i to designate the zone for your library. Set it to a meeting area with m, hit l to designate it as a location. See the locations page for more details.
  • Build bookcases to store books and scrolls.
  • Build boxes/bags to store writing material (blank quires and scrolls).
  • Build tables and chairs.
  • Designate scholars and scribes as desired (via the locations (l by default) menu).

[edit] Adventure mode

The study area of a human library.
An upper floor of a human library, dedicated to storing the books.

Libraries in adventure mode are structures that can be found in human towns and dwarven fortresses. Like the libraries in fortress mode, they will be frequented by scholars who spend their days pondering and arguing about values.

The number of books and scholars in a given generated library depends on the history of the site. A library found in a town with a poor history may be almost empty of books and scholars alike.

The ground floor in a generated library is typically used as a study area, and furnished with chairs, tables and a container with writing materials. A rampcase connects the ground floor to higher floors as well as a basement. Basements and higher floors are typically used to store the books, and contain several bookcases. Libraries found in fortresses only have two floors, while those found in towns can span many stories high.

"Library" in other Languages Books-aj.svg aj ashton 01.svg
Dwarven: koshosh
Elvish: dethara
Goblin: ruspdo
Human: adith
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