The Athenaeum of Ouwe the Founder in His City, nowadays primarily known as the Grand Library of Ouwestad, often shortened to the Grand Library, is a library, planetarium, research institute, cultural nexus, and educational center that houses the largest and most recognized collection of knowledge in Borost.
The Library was established by the order of Ouwe the Founder, representing one of his first decrees upon founding Ouwestad (then known as Needeaalderstad). The first tome to be placed in the library is reputed to be the Borost:Enchiridion on Alchemy and the Material Arts. Other than books and illustrated resources, the library is also the home of numerous artifacts and archaeological devices.
The library is divided into twenty-seven different sections based on subject: this includes sections in Magic, Religion, Philosophy, Politics, History, Mathematics, and numerous other topics. There is also a Borost:Restricted section, to which general access is expressly forbidden.
As should be obvious, dear reader -- merely putting it in words is ridiculous to me -- this is currently the place you are at.
Notable scholars affiliated with the library
- Brockt Kuuldent, natural philosopher, author of the seminal opus titled A Complete Reference on the Flora and Fauna of the Land.
- Dalt Luuge, theologian and anthropologist.
- Borost:Moras Gleckstett, mage and theologian, author and proponent on Multiple Plane theory, the most popular interpretation of plane theory currently available.
- Ruud Moldenteft, author of many works on comparative classical and contemporary Borostím culture and theology, as well as comparative Dwaer-Borostím culture and theology; author of numerous works on magical theory.
- Borost:Tue Melzaft, eminent in the fields of biogeography. Conducted the first biogeographical surveys of some of the most extreme regions of the land, including the Izlenteft mountains, the Great Swamp, and the Northern Marshes.
- Tzulft Biredich, author of the Biredich narrative enshrined in the impressive and monumental Borost:Compendium of the History of Borost and the Nearby Lands.
Inquiry into the natural world
Notable leaders of previous expeditions include: