I was thinking there is a library in Doctor Who that contains every book in the universe and the wanders library contains every book in the universe as well so I was just wandering is the wanderers library based on the library in Doctor Who
Date: 28 Jan 2013 17:16
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Pretty sure we're not. Also, we obviously don't contain every book ever written in all of the universes ever because the Library is actually a finite(albeit large) space. I think the trope you are looking for is Library of Babel.
Perhaps Morpheus's library from Neil Gaimen's Sandman qualifies for this as well since it includes every book ever written and every book that might have been written.
L-Space from Terry Prachett's Discworld also qualifies.
I was under the impression that Morpheus's library didn't contain books which had been written, only ones which hadn't. I might be off, though.
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It's true that we never see any real books in the library during the Sandman series, but I remember hearing in an interview with Mr. Gaiman, or possible reading in The Sandman Companion that there is a section of all existing books somewhere in the library, but that it's so small in comparison to the space occupied by unwritten books, that no one can find it.
It doesn't have the same feel (at least to me). However I can understand why the comparison to Babel would be made. We don't have any books based on random letter/punctuation assortments though. The work in the Library, while surreal, doesn't conform to the infinite monkey theorem.