Our National Library is a depository for knowledge, but also a laboratory for both education and imagination.
Biblioteca Unixploria currently holds more than 13.000 books and magazines on all possible topics. We do, however, favor acquiring books that are closest to our nation's history, culture and way of thinking.
Books about history, exploration, and collecting are standard on our shelves. We are also obliged to collect and care for the royal heritage, including archives from our royal families through the ages. Important documents relating to our nation are also available through Biblioteca Unixploria through our specialized research collection referred to as The Crown Archives.
If you are a citizen of our great nation, you can contact the Chief Librarian if you wish a guided tour of the physical library and its collections. A citizen can, of course, also check out books from the collections.
Our librarians pick the most beautiful books in our collections and share curious recounts about the text, its context, and beyond.
Take a peek inside our most beautiful books in our lavishly illustrated blog, Biblioseum.
Our blog about books, movies, and music is a voyage of exploration in textual realms.
We give insight into the books we have read, the movies we have watched, and music we have listened to recently.
We also discuss art because everything that you can interpret by using language is text in context.
Fact Files is what we call our research archives, where you can find categorized articles, images, and references to topics of interest to our patrons.
You will find articles from websites, clippings from newspapers, references to books, and photos of everything from Astrophotography to Xenization.
First of all let me state the obvious: many Unixplorians are avid book collectors, and have been ever since they were able to read. We love the book itself, not only the texts and illustrations which enable us to travel to distant worlds, real as well as imagined.
Our love for books also leads us to explore many new areas of collecting. Our latest project here at Biblioteca Unixploria is to obtain "dangerous books," books that are somehow considered infamous for one reason or another. Titles that fall into this category are extreme political pamphlets or pseudo-scientific books.
It's scary and fascinating at the same time when you are browsing through the pages of a book that you in retrospect know were used as a tool to indoctrinate people to follow a leader whose legacy now is considered anything but flattering. The images below are two examples of such books.
Millions of copies of Adolf Hitler's infamous biographical book "Mein Kampf" ('My Struggle') were printed. This particular copy was printed in 1938 by the official publishing house of the Nazi party in Munich.
Mao Zedong, former chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, is in political terms the opposite of Hitler although their methods were similar. Mao formed modern China with the help of propaganda and guns. His famous 'Little Red Book' is a collection of quotations by the leader himself. This edition is an original Chinese copy from 1967.
Did you know that the Catholic church used to maintain a list of prohibited books?
The list is entitled Index Librorum Prohibotorum, and the first edition was issued in 1559. The list was an attempt from the Vatican to discourage people from reading heretic literature, both fictional and nonfictional works. The latest edition of the Index was printed in 1948. Pope Paul VI abolished the Index in 1966.
Needless to say, the Catholic Church has not been the only institution with intentions of censoring - or, even worse, burning - books that they perceived as dangerous for the public to read. There are numerous regimes and individuals who would like nothing better than to ban free thinking.
The Crown Archives are one of our special collections. Our task is to collect and research everything about the royal house of Oxenmyr.
We collect books, articles, portraits, and ephemera. We basically preserve our royal heritage for posterity.