Ta-Nahisi Coates sees the library & the classroom as opposing paradigms of learning

by Mr. Sheehy

I was still in school, after all. I wanted to pursue things, to know things, but I could not match the means of knowing that came naturally to me with the expectations of professors. The pursuit of knowing was freedom to me, the right to declare your own curiosities and follow them through all manner of books. I was made for the library, not the classroom. The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free.

from Ta-Nahisi Coates, Between the World and Me.