This is the second time I have been reading about Isaac Asimov this week. I am sure you know his quote about libraries, but just in case, and I know not very relevant to the topic discussed in this thread, here it is:
‘This isn’t just a library. It is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher who knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you… and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life.’
I am now going to see if I can find the TV series you mention!