It seems like at least once or twice a day I am on the internet looking something up. It is a great reference source. We have a huge amount of information at our fingertips. Now I remember the time before the internet, you had to have books at home or go to the library. Information was harder to get.
You used to see books in people’s homes and they read them. Today many people no longer own more than a few books. Why bother when all the information you could ever want is readily available on the internet. In many areas, even the library services are being reduced.
If you are a prepper, you need to have some access to books for when the internet fails. Other that possessing books and stored information you will have to depend on what you know. Libraries can be at your bug out location or in your home if you are planning to bug in. Now I like to think that I have a reasonably wide base of knowledge, but the truth is I have to look up things every day.
Now when I am talking about a library I am not referring to the typical list of survival, medical and firearms books that many of us own. We will need books that will help us rebuild society.
This means a library of books covering the following areas
- Homeschool Books – including math, reading, chemistry and history. Get older history books that predate political correctness.
- A good set of encyclopedias, before the internet this was our go to resource.
- Medical books – from first aid to advanced, be sure to include a PDR (Physicians Desk Reference) of both natural and manmade medicines.
- Gardening books – make sure they cover insects and plant diseases.
- Old homesteading manuals – Many of these from the late 1800 to early 1900’s can be downloaded and printed from the internet.
- Engineering and technology books – get anything that you think will be useful
- Survival and woodcraft books – These you probably already have.
- Books on different trades including carpentry, plumbing and electricity.
- Automotive repair manuals.
- Books on forging and blacksmithing.
- Books that teach good values, for me that is my religious books including the bible. For you it may be different. But the idea is to teach morality to our children or grandchildren.
- Some good fiction to help expand the mind.
- Depending on the trade you currently pursue you want to have the books so you will be able to teach it to others.
The bottom line is that you are trying to build a library that won’t only help you to survive, but will help you to rebuild.