Royal Library (Civ5)

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Royal Library

Royal library (Civ5)
Introduced in Brave New World
Building of the Ancient era

The unique building of the Assyrian civilization
(replaces Library)

Cost 75 20xProduction5
Maintenance 1 20xGold5

Writing (Civ5) Writing



  • +1 20xScience5 Science per 2 20xPopulation5 Population
  • Grants extra XP if the Great Work slot is worked

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Game InfoEdit

Unique building of the Assyrian civilization. Replaces the Library.

  • Common traits:
    • +1 20xScience5 Science for every 2 20xPopulation5 Citizens in this City.
    • +1 20xGold5 Gold with Sovereignty Social policy
  • Special traits:
    • 1 Great Work of Writing slot, which provides extra XP for units trained in the city when filled.


In addition to the 20xScience5 Science output of the Library it replaces, the Royal Library also has a Great Work of Writing slot. Once filled with a Great Work, it provides 10 extra XP to units trained in this city, so place a Great Work here as soon as possible for the maximum benefit.

Historical InfoEdit

The world's first known library dates to the reign of the Assyrian king Sennacherib, c. 700 BC, who gathered thousands of clay tablets at his palace in Nineveh. But it was his grandson, Ashurbanipal, who created the famed Royal Library. Being a passionate collector, the king sent scholars throughout the region to collect texts, mainly Babylonian but also from neighboring kingdoms. To ensure the survival of his extensive library of tablets, the king had scribes copy the texts, which could then be housed in other neo-Assyrian cities in his expanding empire. The Royal Library itself was ravaged when Nineveh was sacked in 612 BC, but some 10,000 fragments of the cuneiform tablets have been found by archaeologists.

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