Religious or political pressures have meant that books have been hidden throughout history – whether in secret caches or private collections. This article looks at libraries that have been preserved over time, either to keep them hidden, or because of neglect.
- Syria’s secret library currently beneath the streets of a suburb of Damascus
- The Library Cave on the edge of the Gobi Desert in China, sealed for almost 1000 years.
- The Vatican Secret Archives with papal correspondences going back over 1000 years,
- The Cairo Genizah in a wall of the Ben Ezra synagogue containing almost 280,000 Jewish manuscript fragments from the ninth to the nineteenth centuries
- A Hidden Medieval Archive found in papers used in binding medieval books