Not all imaginary libraries contain imaginary books. The library that the barber and the priest condemn to the flames in the first part of Don Quixote; Mr. Casaubon's scholarly library in George Eliot's Middlemarch; Des Esseintes's languorous library in Huysman's A Rebours; the murderous monastic library in Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose . . . all these are merely wishful. Given money enough and time, such dream libraries could find a solid reality.
from The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel, pp 283-84.