Library angel

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The Library Angel is a phenomenon described by Arthur Koestler in which information (typically in libraries) becomes accessible through chance or coincidence rather than through the use of a cataloguing system.

The Library Angel can be regarded as a form of synchronicity. Bernard Beitman, who conducted research in coincidence studies, found that 18% of his respondents had acquired information in an unexpected way.[1]


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  1. ^ Beitman, Bernard D. (1 December 2011). "Coincidence Studies". Psychiatric Annals. 41 (12): 561–571. doi:10.3928/00485713-20111104-03.