With every day that passes by, more information is being accumulated all over the world. As events occur and history is being made, someone somewhere is keeping track of it all. All this information is stored either in a book, a journal, or perhaps a computer database. But all the data is being collected and stored somehow. As technology advances, it has made storage more efficient with the use of paperless documentation, but the oldest of books and documents are still available in paper format.
Libraries all over the world contain the history of mankind and all living things on this earth. These facts are stored in ancient books and scrolls that hold the secrets of the world around us. Such vital information has to be kept in safe places and in some sort of organization. Bookshelves are the answer to this concern.
Bookshelves have been around for as long as books have been written. These structures allow us to store millions of books and journals in limited amounts of space. Bookshelves have allowed us to overcome vertical challenges as we expand our storage areas up towards the ceilings of our buildings. I can just picture an ancient library with shelves lining the walls up to the ceiling, filled with encyclopedias and textbooks.
Any school or university has at least one library where all the books are stored on bookshelves and organized in some sort of manner. These shelves organize and give purpose to the books. If all the books were thrown in one large pile, they would become useless to any scholar or reader in search of a particular text. However, bookshelves allow us to separate and organize paper publishing according to genre, time period, authors, etc. Bookshelves don’t seem like vital parts of a library, but they are the structures that make libraries easy to use and allow them to fulfill their purpose.