Location of Canalave Library in Sinnoh.
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It is the only library in the Sinnoh region and, keeping with one of the most prevalent themes in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, its shelves contain books on the myths of Sinnoh. It can be found on the northwest side of Canalave City and it is the place the player, the rival, Lucas/Dawn, and Professor Rowan meet up before the player goes to Lake Valor.
Canalave Library is a small library with three levels. Shelves filled with different books surround several reading tables and chairs. There is a sign that informs people that eating and drinking are prohibited. Not much happens on the first two floors; however, people can be seen here reading books about Pokémon and other topics.
On the top floor of the library, the player can read the books on the bookshelves. These books are philosophical in nature and delve into the history and existence of the Pokémon world as known. These books detail the numerous myths of the Sinnoh region, which serve as a topic of interest and point of study for many, including Cynthia. These books include: "Sinnoh Myth," which may refer to Arceus; "Sinnoh Region's Mythology," which explains why wild Pokémon appear in grass before Trainers; "Sinnoh's Myth," which explains the existence of the lake guardians; "Veilstone's Myth," which tells a story about a young swordsman whose disregard for Pokémon leads to his encounter with Giratina; "The Original Story," which explains the origin of the Pokémon world; "A Horrific Myth," which tells a horrible tale about the consequences of those who threaten the lake guardians; and "Sinnoh Folk Stories," a book containing three folk stories. The first story illustrates that Pokémon can be used for sustenance, the second implies that humans and Pokémon were once one and the same or came to be separate through biological evolution, and the third folk story states that there was a time when Pokémon and humans had no distinguishable differences.
After Byron is defeated in the Canalave Gym, the player's rival summons the player to the Canalave Library to meet with Professor Rowan and his assistant. Professor Rowan assigns each of the three characters to one of the region's lakes for research on the lake guardians, but is interrupted when a huge explosion at Lake Valor shakes Canalave City like an earthquake. Everyone leaves the library before the aftershock occurs.
In Pokémon Platinum, once the player has received the Flame Plate from the Hiker in the Oreburgh Mine during the Arceus-triggered event, they can come to the Canalave Library to find that the ceiling-high bookshelves on the second floor will now contain a book detailing all of the Plate descriptions. Upon initially entering the second floor, the Hiker will also give a brief description of Arceus and its connection to Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf, as well as admitting to writing and contributing to the book. Either a fateful encounter Arceus or an Arceus caught from the Hall of Origin can trigger the event.
- The first story of the Sinnoh Folk Tales refers to a tradition practiced by the Inuit, which is that after hunting an animal, its bladder should be removed and put in the water (in the bladder dwells the soul) and make a sacred ritual so that the animal returns when the hunter needs it, and that in turn, the animal can rest in the celestial world.
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