A Bunker for Books
Hot on the heels of the seed vault in the Arctic comes the brainchild of Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive. While Google is busy digitizing the world’s books (and sawing off the bindings in the process), Kahle understands that having copies of the original might be useful, considering digital is open to manipulation. And of course for survivalists, this means a mega-library will exist post-SHTF that will be accessible without electricity.
A seed bank might be conceptually closest to what we have in mind: storing important objects in safe ways to be used for redundancy, authority, and in case of catastrophe.
…Ten million books is approximately the size of a world-class university library or public library, so we see this as a worthwhile goal. If we are successful, then this set of cultural materials will last for centuries and could be beneficial in ways that we cannot predict.
While this applies to any major library, I wonder if they have thought about post-catastrophe custodians for their Richmond, California storage facility? It would be a tragedy if the books were burnt for warmth. And if you were the custodian, what lengths would you go to, to protect books?