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Inside me lies a pantheon of countless wisdom and knowledge,
Though you may possess most of it in your hand, I'll acknowledge.

I bring you stories of lives born false and true,
So many of them will make you feel born anew.

Now stories aren't just all I contain,
Of advice, or instruction, these I obtain.

To many I am loved, to some I am hated,
A child, especially, will become educated.

Bringing feelings of love, laughter and pain,
Or of duty, pleasure, all these you can gain.

Open to many, the forgetful and careless I detest,
Keepers who protect me, they'll reject my guests.

What Am I?

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I believe you are:

A Library

I might have initially guessed you are:

A book, but the initial letters of each line tell me it isn't so!

Inside me lies a pantheon of countless wisdom and knowledge,
Though you may possess most of it in your hand, I'll acknowledge.

Libraries have a lot of books containing information, though most of it is also accessible via our mobile phones

I bring you stories of lives born false and true,
So many of them will make you feel born anew.

Fiction and biographies, both of which can inspire

Now stories aren't just all I contain,
Of advice, or instruction, these I obtain.

The non-fiction section of libraries contain books about skills and knowledge

To many I am loved, to some I am hated,

Reading enthusiasts love a trip to the library, and this also explains the title

However, some find the library boring (e.g. in a school that has a library period)

A child, especially, will become educated.

As above, books can teach us

Bringing feelings of love, laughter and pain,
Or of duty, pleasure, all these you can gain.

Different genres of books tick these boxes - romances, humour, tragedies, etc.

Open to many, the forgetful and careless I detest,
Keepers who protect me, they'll reject my guests.

Many libraries are public libraries
Librarians hate those who lose books, damage, defile, or misplace them

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    $\begingroup$ This is correct of course, but there's one secret clue I'd like for you to include if you can find it. $\endgroup$ Jun 6, 2018 at 14:43
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    $\begingroup$ Added it in the second spoiler block, @Joe-You-Know - hope that's what you meant! $\endgroup$
    – Phylyp
    Jun 6, 2018 at 14:45
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    $\begingroup$ That is precisely what I meant. Great job $\endgroup$ Jun 6, 2018 at 14:46
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    $\begingroup$ By the way, very often, puzzles like these have an actual (or close enough) answer of "a mobile phone", I like the way you subverted it in your second line. $\endgroup$
    – Phylyp
    Jun 6, 2018 at 14:47
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    $\begingroup$ I was afraid that it would be too broad if I didn't narrow it down. $\endgroup$ Jun 6, 2018 at 14:48

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