Athens. Greece. View of the eastern side of Roman Emperor Hadrian’s lavish Library built in 131 AD in Athens. In picture are the remains of a large central two storey building (Bibliostasio) where books (papyrus scrolls) were kept. On either side were two Auditoria’s which were small rooms used for lectures and text reading. The library complex consisted of a vast library, a large courtyard with a garden and central pool, mosaics floors, numerous rooms and a facade adorned with Corinthian columns.