The first collections of the Library were compiled and documented in 2484AS, and in the years since, its collections have grown to contain documents and artifacts from all over Shale. Many of its unique artifacts were recovered from the waters of the Lavolani coast, with some pieces dating back to before the Shattering. These items are part of the Library’s breathtaking exhibits on early human civilization and post-Shattering Recovery in the South. These specialized fields of study are particularly unique to the Padjenne Library because they examine human life without shalledrim influence, as the Shalledrim Empire never touched many of the regions of South Berena.
As a result, the exhibits on the shalledrim are admittedly small compared to those in Ol-Penh or ka-Khasta. However, that does not mean that the shalledrology department is lacking; one could easily spend their whole life studying the details of the manuscripts available. Along with this, Padjenne’s Library houses a skein of hair from shalledra corpse KP-4232-43-6, often referred to as ‘Shannonai.’ This piece was recovered from Tyro in 4232 by an expedition of researchers, and is available for viewing only by the most respected scholars in the field.
One fascinating area available for public viewing at the Library would be the exhibit on the lost civilization of Chamya Bor. For many years, references to this human civilization that flourished untouched during the reign of the Shalledrim Empire were primarily treated as a morale-boosting myth invented by Recovery Period humans. As a result, many artifacts that were attributed to Chamya Bor by early researchers were dismissed as shalledrim pieces. But after the excavation of what appeared to be fragments of the civilization’s legendary gates in 4486, the civilization’s existence was officially recognized by the Padjenne Library. Since then, the collection has grown in size and reputation, and attracts many researchers interested in early human civilizations.
Other notable parts of the Library are the astronomy and geology sections. The flat landscape of Lavola offers a spectacular view of the skies that has fascinated humans for thousands of years. In the Library, the motions of the celestial bodies, including Shale’s two beautiful moons, can be researched at length, along with several cultures’ interpretations of the meanings behind their placements. As for the geology section, there is an ongoing joke that the department has enough labelled specimens of stone in their collection to build a whole new library.