There was usually a room where scrolls were kept and scribes did their work.Ancient texts mentioning the work of scribes allude to the existence of such "offices".The relatively elaborate Roman bureaucracy would not be equaled for centuries in the West after the fall of Rome, even partially reverting to illiteracy, while the East preserved a more sophisticated administrative culture, both under Byzantium and under Islam.Offices in classical antiquity were often part of a palace complex or a large temple.The rooms of the chancery often had walls full of pigeonholes, constructed to hold rolled up pieces of parchment for safekeeping or ready reference, a precursor to the book shelf.The introduction of printing during the Renaissance did not change these early government offices much.
All kinds of writings seemed to be mixed in these early forms of offices.
The main purpose of an office environment is to support its occupants in performing their job.
Work spaces in an office are typically used for conventional office activities such as reading, writing and computer work.
An office is an architectural and design phenomenon; whether it is a small office such as a bench in the corner of a small business of extremely small size (see small office/home office), through entire floors of buildings, up to and including massive buildings dedicated entirely to one company.
In modern terms an office usually refers to the location where white-collar workers are employed.