Something To Think About: Neil Gaiman

026-IRRITABILITY OF THE BARBARIAN
Irritability of the Barbarian By Edgar “Bill” Wilson Nye (1850–1896) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Libraries are the thin red line between civilization and barbarism.
–Neil Gaiman

Why does Gaiman use the library as a symbol of civilization? What is uniquely civilized about a society that collects books?