A downloadable Simulation for Windows and macOS

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This is my 3D version of the Library of Babel, inspired by the short story by Jorge Luis Borges. It is more of a simulation than an actual game, so don't expect any objectives or achievements but just let yourself be overwhelmed by the endless scale of the library.

The pages are loaded through Jonathan Basile's website libraryofbabel.info (so an internet connection is required).

You can search for any text by pressing "M" on your keyboard. This will open up the search (and menu) interface.

If you find a librarian, you can click on them and they might tell you something they "translated" from the gibberish of the books they've read.

More Controls:

M - search menu

Esc - close book / menu & deselect shelf / wall

Backspace - deselect shelf/wall

WASD - move around

mouse - look around

space - jump

(hold) shift - run

left click - select book

jump into the hole - quits the game

If you'd like to experience the Library of Babel with a VR lookaround feature you can try out the Android version.

Latest Update:

  • No need to manually deselect anything anymore
  • Drag to move camera (got rid of the second joystick) [mobile]
  • Search results now get highlighted

.. and other minor improvements and fixes

If there are any problems or questions, feel free to ask me!

PS: I think there's still an easter egg that nobody has found yet. If you find it then please let me know :)

Published Sep 18, 2016
PlatformsWindows, macOS
Tags3D, infinty, library, library-of-babel, literature
Average sessionA few seconds
InputsKeyboard, Mouse


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

Library of Babel 3D Windows 31 MB
Version 1
Library of Babel 3D Mac OS 36 MB
Version 1

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