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La BibliothÃ¨que Nationale in Paris is finally letting the public take a peek at its secret collection of erotic works that have been hidden for 40 years. Since the 1830’s, librarians hid books and reference materials that they deemed too dangerous for public morality. The collection of naughty books, scandalous poems and provocative pamphlets was referred to as l’Enfer or “Hell” and has been under tight lock and key.
The exhibit, appropriately titled â€œHell at the Libraryâ€ includes 350 pieces of literature, pornography, Japanese prints, photographs and audio recordings designed to shock, entertain and educate. Just imagine how fun school field trips or study assignments can be!
The only setback is that the library is now carding as well—all patrons to the exhibit must be at least 16.