Private libraries were relatively uncommon in ancient Greece, as books were expensive and difficult to produce. Most libraries in ancient Greece were public institutions, funded by the state or by wealthy individuals. However, it is possible that some wealthy individuals in ancient Greece may have had personal collections of books in their homes. It is not known who the first person to establish a private library in Greece was, but it would have likely been a wealthy individual with a passion for learning and a desire to collect books. Private libraries became more common in ancient Rome, and it is likely that the first private libraries in Greece were inspired by the libraries of Rome.