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In the library.

"The ancient literature is quite clear, though little studied I fear. It gathers dust rather than readers."
   —Escaralde of the Brown Ajah on The Great Library[1]

The White Tower Library, sometimes called the Great Library, is generally considered the largest and most complete library in the world. It is only partially open to outsiders.

Description and locationEdit

Located inside the Aes Sedai compound and adjacent to the White Tower, it is second only to the Tower itself in size.[2] It incorporates many offices and workrooms, with many assigned to Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah. The library is divided into twelve publicly acknowledged depositories as well as a thirteenth that is only accessible to the Amyrlin Seat, the Keeper of the Chronicles and the Sitters of the Hall of the Tower.

The Ninth Depository: The Smallest of the Depositories, this is reserved for texts concerning various forms of arithmetic. It is a single, large oval chamber with a flattened dome ceiling and seven-colored floor tiles.[1]

History of the Great LibraryEdit

It has suffered only three known destructive events. The first, occurring during the fourth assault of Tar Valon during the Trolloc Wars, resulted in the most damage. Minor damage was done to the library during the Great Fire of FY 642. The latest, during Hawkwing's time, was suspected to be deliberate arson on the part of the Aes Sedai, who may not have wished Hawkwing to learn certain things.

NotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 19
  2. TWORJTWOT, Chapter 24

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