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Civilization 5 World Wonders: Great Library

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A Painting of the Great Library Wonder in Civilization 5 Brave New World and Gods and Kings
A Painting of the Great Library, seen when Building the Wonder

Great LibraryWorld Wonder: Great Library

Tech Required: Writing

Production Cost: 185

What it Does: Free Technology, +3 Science, 2 Slots for Great Works of Writing. Free Library in City, saving you maintenance costs. Also gives +1 Culture and +1 Great Scientist points.

Reportedly almost unbuildable on Deity Difficulty, this is one of the most popular Wonders to build because of its early free Tech (allowing you to grab Philosophy, Drama and Poetry, Iron Working or another high-value tech). The Great Scientist is also invaluable at this stage of the game because it is perfect for an Academy to boost a City's Science output for the entirety of the game. You'll also be set to get another Great Scientist within 100 turns.

A strategy used to pass the enemy in Science, while suffering in the Land and Population areas is to go Tradition, focus on Writing then rush this Wonder to then get Philosophy and a National College before you place your first Settler. This saves you a lot of turns getting out that second Library, but the National College costs even more production than the Great Library itself - for good reason. A city putting out 32+ Science at that stage of the game is super powerful and will ensure you get to the next Wonder you intend to build faster than your opponents.

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Comments (2)

Hail says...
I recently purchased the Complete Edition via Amazon and I am very thankful for your guides.
Also it is great to see that your efforts are still going on!
The strategy mentioned here is nice, thanks for sharing. It will take some time until I will be able to play on higher difficulties, but I will definitely test it.
I'm glad I can help you! This guide is directed at people who own both DLC, so it should be perfect for picking up most of the gameplay concepts. I am glad that Complete Edition is available and many are finding the Expansions individually and finally getting to experience how great an addition Brave New World was. Happy gaming!
27th April 2014 2:41pm
Justin says...
You say free great scientist even though it's free tech. Your tips on this website are really helpful.
26th June 2014 4:24pm
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