Welcome, Traveler! We’re so glad to have you here! Take a moment to collect yourself by the entrance before we begin the tour. The attendants can take your coat and boots for you if you’re so inclined, or you can keep them with you at your leisure. We have a lot of ground to cover today and we hope to make the most of it.
First off, let’s get you checked in at the front desk. This is the only place in the whole complex that you’ll find a computer. The receptionists complained enough that we loosened the rules a bit, but otherwise in the rest of the library we do without. The world outside does what it does, and it comes and goes, but we believe in books here. Books can be forever, and we try to keep it that way as best we can.
Great. Now, the first stop on our tour is the great hall. It can be disorienting at first so if you find yourself getting vertigo, take a seat on any of the couches nearby. The first question that everyone asks upon seeing the enormity of it all is, “How many books do you have?” and I’ll preempt that and state plainly that this is impossible to answer for reasons that will become clear as our tour continues. Don’t worry if it feels intimidating, you won’t be expected to find your way back on your own.