There’s nothing like the smell of books! Whether they’re old or new, there’s something wonderful about the smell of the paper and ink together for readers. This article by the CBC is about the smell of books, but for a historical purpose. Researchers from Columbia University have been trying to determine what the Morgan Library and Museum smelled like when it was built in 1906. Since the library has undergone many changes and additions since then, this study is trying to determine what it would have smelled like with its older books, before they were put away in storage or placed behind glass.
For a little humor, “The Onion” (a satirical news source) put out an article claiming that American Library Association concluded a study that determined that “some books smell good, some books smell bad.” While this study did not happen, it can’t be argued that it’s not true! Watch the brief video here for a laugh!