- Discworld is an obvious thing here.
- Anathem has a distributed network of libraries of most knowledge with an interesting time-limited distirbution scheme.
- Snow Crash has A Librarian -- and also a hypercard knowledge system.
- If On A Winter's Night, A Traveller by Italo Calvino features books and libraries prominently. They're not exactly magical, but they're not...not magical, either.
edit: it's not a novel, but the library in the sands in Avatar is another fine example of this trope.
And.. the Disreputable Dog. I'll always be her friend, too.
"I have quoted this line in full because it is the last example on record of a bad sentence by Italo Calvino."
If you haven't yet, check out the audiobooks of the Abhorsen books. Tim Curry makes an excellent snarky cat with mysterious powers...
How'd i forget that one...
I really like the idea that even a kid's toy would have petabytes or exabytes of data, just because it was easy for the designers to include it.
I think that another of his books in the series, A Deepness in the Sky had a broadcast library, a set of core information that was repeatedly broadcast throughout the galaxy, at least that's what I seem to remember.
I was going to list a lot I could think of, but I figured it would be easier to link here. Not linking to TVT because I started this fork, no ads, and less censorship.
*The Library has endless shelves (some of which are Mobius shelves)*
I'm also a bit less fond of "The Colour of Magic" since I think his writing style was weaker in his first few books and since his characters were not well established. Both "The Colour of Magic" and "The Light Fanstastic" are very fun books but not quite at the same quality level as his later ones once he found his rhythm and built up his world.
I personally find any novel in the Witches arc a lot more enjoyable, starting with "Lords and Ladies". Other good ones: "Carpe Jugulum", "Equal Rites".
Another very enjoyable set is the night watch arc. Both "Guards, Guards" and "Night Watch" are excellent.
: oh yeah, and how could I forget: "Small Gods". Hilarious even if it stands a little aloof of the rest of the discworld stuff.
But he didn't hit his stride for a few books, and there are many sub-series to read. For a good stand alone, my favorite is Small Gods. You could also read Equal Rites or Mort. Another great story arc starts with Guards! Guards!
I particularly love it because so much of the library was forbidden knowledge guarded by a religious sect... those words almost always mean a good read is ahead :P
Umberto Eco has said he came up with the idea of the library (and some spoiler-related things) before coming up with any of the characters or premise.
Larry Niven's Protector also has a huge library that played a key role in that book
* Terry Pratchet's Discworld -- `nuff said.
* The Pagemaster (90s film about kid getting trapped inside of adventure books)
* Beauty and the Beast -- The library was the only non-magical part of the enchanted castle, ironically.
* "National Treasure" movie has a few important library scenes
* A Certain Magical Index -- Anime / Light Novel: the female lead "Index" is literally a character who had a library implanted inside of her.
* The Mystic Archives of Dantalian -- Anime / Light Novel: Another one where the female lead is a library of sorts. She's more bookwormish than Index, and actually hangs out at a normal Library most of the time.
* Read or Die -- Another anime with library / paper themed superpowers
* Harry Potter -- So many shenanigans happen in the Hogwarts library, I don't even know where to start.
* Full Metal Alchemist -- The librarian was instrumental to the plot. Its mostly an action show, but there was a period where they had to research some stuff at the Alchemist's library.
* The Ancient Magus' Bride -- I wasn't too fond of the show in general, so I haven't seen it all yet. But there was a very memorable magical library episode. Effectively, the magic library was a trap which can only be escaped if the human receives something from inside. The lead character kept returning to the library (her personal life sucked, so she needed an escape), while the Librarian would continuously give her something so that she could escape each time. When the Librarian ran out of things to give her, he rips up the magical library card (hoping she never returns again). Unfortunately, the lead character is adept in magic and finds her way back even without the library card, to a disastrous consequence.
* The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- A classic, is it not? I guess its a single book that they're working with, but the singular book is magic-space tech that has all the information you could ever need. So its basically a library.
* Ender's Game -- Honorable Mention. Ender's video game with the giant that he plays by himself effectively functions as a library. Its where Ender has self-reflection, and where the malevolent forces push Ender towards one direction of his psyche. Its as much of a "Library" as the "Pagemaster" was IMO.
EDIT: Apparently 'The Pagemaster' is a book in of itself, and is listed in the article. I didn't know that. Harry Potter was also on their list.
I would argue that there were better anime out there, but they are difficult to get through and may require a good understanding of "anime culture". Ex: When they Cry, or Madoka Magica I would argue are superior.
When they Cry requires a general understanding of visual-novel harem style stories, while Madoka Magica requires a strong understanding of the typical Magical Girl plotline (Sailor Moon, Cardcaptors, Lyrical Girl Nanoha are pretty much required watching BEFORE you watch Madoka Magica)
In contrast: FMA: Brotherhood is self-sufficient. You can enter the show without knowing anything about anime and enjoy it. The only "risk" I have with the show is the chibi-styles / super-cartoony that they push randomly.
Its otherwise a very serious plot, with some quite dramatic moments. So a lot of people feel it to be bipolar since it also uses "cartoon physics" on occasion.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy... has all the information you could ever need
New-Who has some fairly questionable episodes, but this one, the first of a two parter, is actually quite good.