A common location visited in many of Pratchett’s Discworld novels is the UnseenUniversity’s Library.Distorted by the power of so many words inone place – connected with books from thepast, present and future by overwhelmingamounts of “L-Space”, it is a confusing placeof magic, monsters, and lost groups of research students slowly descending intoprimitive tribes.
“The Unseen University Library was a magical library, built on a very thin patch of space-time. There were books on distant shelvesthat hadn't been written yet, books that never would be written. At least, not here. It had acircumference of a few hundred yards, but therewas no known limit to its radius. And in a magical library the books leak, and learn from one another …” “It was said that, since vast amounts of magiccan seriously distort the mundane world, theLibrary did not obey the normal rules of space and time. It wassaid that it went on forever. It was said that you could wander for daysamong the distant shelves, that there werelost tribes of research students somewhere inthere, that strange thingslurked in forgotten alcoves and were preyed on by other things that were even stranger.”
Once again, the concept is an extension of the author’s logic. In the Discworld,knowledge is literally power – therefore acollection of knowledge is undoubtedly goingto be a strange place.