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Fantasy setting(of course). The first chapter introduces a group of gnomes that have been enslaved and forced to transcribe books from some other world. Things happen, and the entire library's worth of gnomes excluding the main character are killed.

I saw this a little less than a year ago.

Almost certain that either the title, or the main characters's name starts with a B.

Also, the cover is a closeup of the main character's face, and is very red.

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童子軍鑑 (Douji Gunkan) by Oda Serina.

Manga cover fo volume 1

Description from MangaUpdates:

Fei is a gnome, a race of small stature and high intelligence. With the promise of freedom, he works until dawn to read and translate the mysterious ancient documents that have suddenly appeared from another world. That is how it should have been, however, a turn of fate sets him on a path of revenge.

(emphasis mine)

The "turn of fate" follows this premise stated in the question (according to the review in Japanese that I read),

Things happen, and the entire library's worth of gnomes excluding the main character are killed.


Found by googling ノーム 図書館 死亡 漫画 (gnome, library, death, manga) which returned the review/spoiler of the 1st chapter in Japanese.

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