Libraries, though they have evolved over time, are still an integral part of the curation of information. Over thousands of years to the present day, they have remained a place that houses a collection of information for people to reference. Despite how they vary, there are some universalities that remain the same.
Libraries have been around since the ancient world (3rd millennium BC, no joke) as a way to document, record, and archive. They precede other community institutions like hospitals and schools because of the sheer magnitude their job of preserving history holds.