|“||It was low-ceilinged and bare, empty but for some scattered straw and broken shards of pottery. Its most unique feature was the walls, into which had been dug many dozens of small coves. They were oval-shaped and flat on the bottom, large enough to hold a bottle or a candle. At the back of the room, several doors forked away into darkness.||”|
–Library of Souls
It is described on the outside as 'a stone room open to the sky'. The entrance was shaped like a head, 'one with a gaping mouth for a door, two warped eyes for windows, a pair of holes for nostrils, and grown over with long grass that resembled hair and an unruly beard'.
On the inside, however, the Library looks similar to what a library should be like, with shelves that are bored into the walls. At the end of the first passageway is a split, leading to other doorways. The Souls Jars are kept inside these shelves which Jacob describes as 'coves'.
Destruction of Abaton and the Library of Souls Edit
The Destruction of Abaton and the Library of Souls occured due to the second conversion of Myron Bentham. Upon being betrayed by his brother a second time, Myron, as a last resort, revealed his secred weapon; the soul of Abraham Portman in ambrosia. Myron took the drug and gained the peculiarity of being one of the library's guardians. Thus, he was able to see Soul Jars like Jacob.
Before being able to take an equally powerful soul as did his brother Caul, Myron was intervened by a furious Jacob. In order to carry out his plans, he gave to Jacob, and subsequently to his sister, the instructions on how to collapse a loop. Following this, he was released and he then made a bid to transform into a giant peculiar, and succeeded. Caul realised too late and then diverted his attention to his brother.
Both of them fought within the Library and collapsed it, with Caul described to be 'as big as 10 houses'. The Library was supposedly completely annihilated when the 12 ymbrynes collapsed Abaton, through the use of Myron's recipe.
Peculiar Gifts pertaining to the Library Edit
Another note on peculiars who can see hollows: their gift is to see what others can't, what is really there. So in the Library, they are the only ones who can see peculiar souls sitting innocently in ornate jars in every alcove in sight. Other peculiars can only see the souls, they can't see the jars.