The Gotham City Public Library was located in the Diamond District of Gotham City. After the Cataclysm, it was taken over by Edward Nygma and used as a base during the No Man's Land year.

History

Charles Van Dahl visited the library in order to do some research for a novel he was writing. When he was going through some old newspapers at the public library, he discovered an old issue of the Gotham Gazette that headlined "Penguin Busted" and reported on Oswald Cobblepot's past career as a crime boss.[1]

When Coblepot was mayor of Gotham, he held an award ceremony for Kyle J. Davis at Gotham City Public Library. Mayor Cobblepot presented Davis The Mayor's Award in Literature for his book "Gotham's Sewers: An Oral History". The inscription on the award guaranteed the recipient that his book would be housed in the permanent collection of the Gotham City Public Library. During the ceremony, Oswald's chief of staff Edward Nygma began to fantasize about killing his employer, as he suspected him of being responsible for the murder of Isabella.[2]

After the bridges were destroyed and Gotham was declared a No Man's Land, the Riddler found himself confused after he was resurrected by Hugo Strange. Nygma claimed the Main Public Library as his headquarters and would continue to live there for the following months.[3] He also started to install various traps and contraptions in order to protect his base from invaders.[4][5]

The Library was at one point invaded by Jim Gordon and Eduardo Dorrance, who tried to arrest the Riddler for the destruction of Haven. However, Nygma was able to escape after activating one of his traps that involved a hidden bomb.[6]

A few weeks later, the Gotham City Public Library was also invaded by Arthur Penn and Scarface, who tracked down the Penguin in order to kill him and take control of his No Man's Land sector. With the help of the Riddler, Cobblepot was able to destroy Scarface by blowing the dummy's head off. Moments later, the Ventriloquist was then shot dead by Nygma.[7]

The library also had a book that included the construction plans for Wayne Manor by the original architect. After the destruction of Wayne Manor, the book was found by Alfred Pennyworth and Selina Kyle during a visit to the Main Public Library. Alfred was planning to base the reconstruction of Wayne Manor on the original blueprints from the early 20th century.[8]

Staff

Known Visitors

During No Man's Land

Appearances


Notes

  • The Gotham City Public Library is a recurring location in the DC Comics, first appearing in the story "The Phantom of the Library" from Detective Comics #106 (December 1945) by Don Cameron and Bob Kane.
  • This is the second live-action version of the Gotham City Public Library, the first being in the original 1966 Batman TV series.

Trivia

References

  1. Cannon, Danny (writer) & White, Scott (director) (March 28, 2016). "Wrath of the Villains: Prisoners". Gotham. Season 2. Episode 16. FOX.
  2. Stephens, John (writer) & Cannon, Danny (director) (November 28, 2016). "Mad City: Beware the Green-Eyed Monster". Gotham. Season 3. Episode 11. FOX.
  3. Stephens, John (writer) & Cannon, Danny (director) (January 3, 2019) "Legend of the Dark Knight: Year Zero" Gotham. Season 5. Episode 1.
  4. Sosa, Iturri (writer) & Tonderai, Mark (director) (January 31, 2019) "Legend of the Dark Knight: Pena Dura" Gotham. Season 5. Episode 5.
  5. Boston, Seth (writer) & Fink, Kenneth (director) (February 28, 2019) "Legend of the Dark Knight: Nothing's Shocking" Gotham. Season 5. Episode 8.
  6. Sosa, Iturri (writer) & Tonderai, Mark (director) (January 31, 2019) "Legend of the Dark Knight: Pena Dura" Gotham. Season 5. Episode 5.
  7. Boston, Seth (writer) & Fink, Kenneth (director) (February 28, 2019) "Legend of the Dark Knight: Nothing's Shocking" Gotham. Season 5. Episode 8.
  8. Stoteraux, James & Fiveash, Chad (writer) & Fink, Kenneth (director) (March 21, 2019) "Legend of the Dark Knight: I Am Bane" Gotham. Season 5. Episode 10.
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