First Libraries in Asia Founded in China

During the Qin (Ch’in) dynasty, circa 221-206 BCE, on Imperial Order, “a copy of every book is to be reserved for the emperor’s library, and other copies to be destroyed”. The first libraries were created in China. Following the order, they were the only place to find a book as per the Imperial Order to destroy all other copies.

      221 BCE

Additional Information:

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