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The Library is a building available in the Ancient Era.

Game Info[]

  • +1 Science Science for every 2 Citizens in the city

With Social Policies / Tenets:

  • Sovereignty (Rationalism): +1 Gold Gold


A library is a building housing a collection of books, scrolls, and other written material. Historically, books have been fairly expensive, often beyond the reach of a civilization's poorer classes. The library allows the poor access to the same knowledge as the rich, greatly improving their chances of success and advancement.

Unique Building Replacements[]

Icon Unit Civilization Abilities
Anaktoro Minoa (Minos)
  • +1 Happy Happiness, +2 Happy in coastal Cities
  • During Goldenage Golden Ages, each Traderoute Naval Trade Route to or from this city generates an additional +2 Science Science
Gymnasium Athens (Pericles)
  • +2 CultureIcon Culture
  • +2 Science Science
  • Contains 1 Scientist specialist slot
Kiva The Pueblo (Po'pay)
  • Yields +1 FaithIcon Faith per 2 Citizen Citizens in this city.
  • Counts as a 'Religious Building' for all purposes.
Martial School
Martial School Taungoo (Bayinnaung)
  • Provides 2XP to all units trained in this city
  • Normal Library Yields
Paper Maker China (Wu Zetian)
  • +2 Gold Gold
  • No maintenance cost
Royal Library Assyria (Ashurbanipal)
  • Has a slot for a Greatwork Great Work of Writing, which grants newly trained units +10 Experience when filled
IconPNG ScribalSchool
Scribal School Egypt (Senusret III)
  • No maintenance cost
  • Contains a slot for a Great Work of Writing
  • If its city is built along a river, contains a Writer specialist slot
Scriptorium The Franks (Charlemagne) (LastSword)
  • +2 CultureIcon Culture after researching Printing Press
  • Upon researching Printing Press, yields a lump sum of 2 CultureIcon Culture for every turn the Scriptorium has been in existence
Taixue Han (Wu)
  • Contains a unique Scholar-Bureaucrat Specialist slot, which yields +1 Gold Gold, +1 Production Production, and +1 Science Science, although it does not contribute any Greatperson Great People Points.
  • No Gold Gold maintenance.
Yeshiva Israel (Solomon)
  • +2 FaithIcon Faith
  • Shares 33% of Greatperson Great Scientist/Engineer/Merchant Points with other cities which have a Yeshiva
YMBA School Burma (Aung San)
  • Provides Science Science from FaithIcon Faith producing Buildings.


Building Types
Ancient Era
BarracksCircusGranaryLibraryMonumentShrineStone WorksWallsWater Mill
Classical Era
Medieval Era
Renaissance Era
ArsenalBankConstabularyObservatoryOpera HouseSeaportWindmillZoo
Industrial Era
FactoryHospitalHydro PlantMilitary AcademyMuseumPolice StationPublic SchoolStock Exchange
Modern Era
Broadcast TowerHotelMilitary BaseResearch LabStadium
Atomic Era
AirportMedical LabNuclear PlantRecycling CenterSolar Plant
Information Era
Bomb ShelterSpaceship Factory
National Wonders
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Artists' GuildMusicians' GuildWriters' Guild