Throughout history, libraries have been destroyed by accident or on purpose, their treasures laid waste: The Library of Alexandria in ancient Egypt (Julius Caesar), the House of Wisdom in Baghdad (Mongol Empire), the Royal Libraries of the Kings of Burma (British army), the Library of the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium (Nazi Germany) and a number of libraries in Iraq, including the Central Library of the University of Baghdad (United States of America).
The library at its best is a citadel of knowledge and a haven for new ideas. The full measure of its precious contents can never be replaced if lost or ruined. In my opinion, the destruction of a library is cause for great mourning. But is the enemy us? An under-staffed, threadbare library that is not accessible when it is needed is not used. Over time, it may as well be dead.
Our territory’s libraries require adequate funding, a robust staff, and evening and weekend hours to make them accessible when adults and children can benefit from them.