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  1. The reply. "Okay, known to the wider public and fairly easily available to the public by donation, appointment, or institutional whim: The Venalicium (with previously discussed limitations) The Academy Infirmary Library The Calomantia Gymnasium Library (such as it is) The Menagerie Library Collection (aka Professor Pachait's Reading Room) The Dimmae Theatre Collection The Spavia Theatre Collection The Library of Illusions (if you can find your way) The Library of Matilda (Morvidus's botanical and alchemical library) The Library of Orthographical Curiosity & Insight (technically an Aranaz library, though von Rupprecht scorns it) The Library of the Mantle of Stars (the most famous Avila collection) Known to the wider public but harder to access: The Fairwell Collection (Hedi's private archive, including the donated papers of a great many famous alumni) The Grand Alchemical Library (Godina's old crown jewel, sealed off to the student body when finances wouldn't permit round-the-clock staffing; with donations, visitors can come and be served by upperclassmen) The Sestani Archive (Aranaz's historical collection) The Silent Library (Durand's collection, secured against pirate attack) The Vernin College Library New Collection (scheduled to open in the near future, when its tower is complete) Forgotten by the wider public, but available by donation or appointment: The Library of Longshade The Library of Mantele Known to the wider public and totally inaccessible: The Legate's Library This list isn't definitive. There are things that are both forgotten and forbidden. But it's a fairly good start. As for senior librarians of magical libraries: there isn't a fixed rule. Some institutions prefer to hire trained librarians who don't have the skills to make use of the collections for their own purposes; others see magical training as a necessity. Regardless, the standard practice is almost invariably to hire someone personally recommended by library trustees, library patrons, or - in the case of the Venalicium - by the library itself. Given the nature of the job, character is almost seen as the most important quality in a major appointment."
  2. Schwarzbart; Phew, that's a hard question to answer- I don't know that I have access to a total. But the Academagia team is small, and not 100% dedicated, so it's a few each week.
  3. Well known? No. But I think she's saying it more for fun. "Quality of Life"...well, I still can't get my auto-repair. But I understand why.
  4. Oursuki mage made saner, eh? Well, you'd have to [Redacted] the [Redacted] first.
  5. Schwarzbart; "As a rule, yes - Academy graduates remain entitled to enter the Venalicium through the main doors unless their status is changed by the librarians or by the library itself. (Some have visitation rights revoked, while others are permitted to enter through the Silver Door, or Scholars' Door, which leads directly to a series of private study areas collectively known as the Chancery and the Illuminarium. The librarians themselves enter either through the main doors or the Oak Door.) As for the Contu School: yes, there's a library in the Caldera - the fortified, enchanted sinkhole where most of the "Irregular Study" goes on."
  6. Rhi; Nope! Schwarzbart; Code, code, code...wonderful code, lovely code!
  7. Surcouf will be the most interesting to me, when they find her.
  8. Schwarzbart; "Not quite- if you present yourself at the Grand Gate and declare your intent to visit the Venalicium, you'll be allowed onto the Academy grounds if it can be proven that you've made a pact with the Venalicium itself. This is generally as simple as stating that you've been invited to enter to the guards. To lie can have dire consequences. If your intentions are not malicious, it'll turn you away (in which case it's likely you'll stagger through a haze of glamours and find yourself back outside the Gate wondering what's happened.) Sometimes you can be given access, but you've essentially placed yourself under its protection while you're on Academy grounds. If you do so under false pretenses, it's understood that bad things can happen - they say the thief Giancarlo Moro found himself trapped in the pages of a tragedy, reliving the story over and over again, for more than three hundred years. So, people from outside do visit the Library. Most don't abuse the privilege. (And, yes, if a lot of this sounds like Gates, you're not alone in thinking so. But the Library's origins probably rest with the Gods themselves - though some whisper Dragons were involved too - and nobody wants to cross it.)"
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