Some people are known to establish remarkably big personal libraries. Now those of us who don’t understand such things tend to be baffled by the people who develop such big personal libraries. We tend to develop questions, as to why the said people take the trouble to establish big personal libraries.
It emerges that one key reason as to why people establish big personal libraries has to do with the desire to access knowledge easily. You come to learn that there are folks who really love knowledge. There are folks who’d rather miss physical food (the type that goes into the stomach) rather than miss intellectual food (the sort that comes from books and goes to the mind). Such people, who are in most cases fascinated by ideas – and therefore qualify to be referred to as genuine intellectuals – are inclined to establish big personal libraries, if they have the resources to do so.
The second key reason as to why people establish big personal libraries has to do with the desire to impress. There are folks who establish big libraries, not because they are beholden to the search for knowledge, but rather, because they want to portray themselves as intellectuals. This strategy often works: even where the many books in the huge personal libraries are hardly ever read!