I was just listening to 84 Charing Cross Road, and the plot is a New Yorker who orders rare books from a British book store in the 1950's.
but nowadays, thanks to Project gutenburg and Internet archives and similar sites, you can find all sorts of rare books on line.
For example, I was reading a book that mentions St Macrina, and voila, IA has it.
as an audiobook, which is great for my sore eyes.
and a lot of colleges have lectures on line....this one is a series of lectures on ancient Greece at Eastern Ill Univ