The holy sanctuary of public libraries

Chad Comello

Chad Comello
October 10, 2014

As places of study, searching and refuge, public libraries can play the part of holy sanctuaries.

Amanda Cleary Eastep
October 10, 2014

This is just lovely. Thank you for helping me to appreciate my library's "space" as well as those who work there. Love your description of the interactions with patrons.

October 10, 2014

There's an old fashioned Carnegie library a block and a half from work. I like going in and seeing the old style architecture and old style furnishings and old style books - the kind with paper and ink.

October 11, 2014

Great comparison, Chad! Until I read your piece Chad, I had never really thought about the similarities between the church and libraries, but they're there.

I suppose the library, with all of the information contained therein, is sort of a "gateway to God's creation." And since God reveals Himself to us through both the Bible and His creation, that really can make libraries holy places. God has blessed us with pastors to guide us and help us better understand His Word. But likewise, He has blessed us with librarians to guide us into a better understanding of His creation.

Thanks for the piece, Chad!

October 13, 2014

Thanks for the comments! Libraries indeed could be considered gateways to creation, which can contain (like humanity itself) the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful. Distinguishing between those is the ongoing challenge for the librarians with regards to information. It's easy in a simple Internet search to be led astray with bad or incomplete information; a good librarian will be able to sort through it all and find the right answer. Sounds a bit like a good pastor's job, too.

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