50 thought-provoking quotes about libraries and librarians

50 best #quotes about #libraries and #librarians

You’ll find below a selection of quotes devoted to places and people deserving most attention: libraries and librarians.

Libraries are essential in a process of giving citizens access to knowledge. In digital times they are needed more than ever before.

Get your library card, and you’ll be able to borrow a print or electronic book, use free internet, or attend a course improving your digital skills.

Most importantly, however, libraries are the places where you can expect smart and clear answers to even most difficult questions.

Neil Gaiman perfectly describes what’s happening in digital times: “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.”

In times of the internet, everyone can visit a library without leaving home. It’s just a matter of opening a library website, and you can not only borrow an ebook but also ask the librarian an online question.

Best library quotes – recommended sites

Do you think any of these quotes would be perfect for the classroom or library? There are many sites where you can order your favorite quote printed on a poster, mug, t-shirt, and tens of other products.

Below, we list the sites that offer high-quality library quote designs on a large selection of items.

Etsy – it’s the top destination for anyone who wants to express the love for books and libraries. The largest marketplace with hand-crafted goods offers thousands of literary quotes – on posters, jewelry, personal items, electronic accessories, and clothes.

Redbubble – a marketplace for custom-designed items, including prints, stationery, cases & covers, or t-shirts. Opposite to other sites, such as CafePress, the quality of artwork is very high.

Zazzle – the site offers a huge variety of merchandise, from clothing, to home decor, to personal accessories. What’s more, users can upload their own image and create their own design. You can order your own library quote here!

Amazon Handmade – if you don’t want to sign up to other online stores, you can start exploring Amazon’s own section with hand-crafted items. It’s quickly growing, and you’ll find here posters, home decor, and stationery.

Please share in the comments the library quotes that are missing in the list. The list is being updated regularly.

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50 quotes about libraries and librarians

1

Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities. –R. David Lankes #quote

Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities.

–R. David Lankes

2

An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them. –Stephen Fry #library #quote

An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them.

–Stephen Fry

3

To build up a library is to create a life. It’s never just a random collection of books.

–Carlos María Domínguez

4

When I got my library card, that’s when my life began.

–Rita Mae Brown

5

Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.

–Ray Bradbury

6

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries. –Anne Herbert #library #quote

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.

–Anne Herbert

7

The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community.

–Paula Poundstone

8

When you absolutely positively have to know, ask a librarian.

–American Library Association

9

The most important asset of any library goes home at night - the library staff. –Timothy Healy #library #quote

The most important asset of any library goes home at night – the library staff.

–Timothy Healy

10

In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim.

–Linton Weeks

11

People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.

–Saul Bellow

12

The library card is a passport to wonders and miracles, glimpses into other lives, religions, experiences, the hopes and dreams and strivings of ALL human beings, and it is this passport that opens our eyes and hearts to the world beyond our front doors, that is one of our best hopes against tyranny, xenophobia, hopelessness, despair, anarchy, and ignorance.

–Libba Bray

13

I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card. –Laura Bush #library #quote

I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.

–Laura Bush

14

I’m really a library man, or second-hand book man.

–John le Carre

15

A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.

–Norman Cousins

16

I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure. –Virginia Woolf #library #quote

I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure.

–Virginia Woolf

17

Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life.

–Sidney Sheldon

18

If I was a book, I would like to be a library book, so I would be taken home by all different sorts of kids.

–Cornelia Funke

19

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.

–Henry Ward Beecher

20

Cutting libraries during a recession is like cutting hospitals during a plague. –Eleanor Crumblehulme #library #quote

Cutting libraries during a recession is like cutting hospitals during a plague.

– Eleanor Crumblehulme

21

If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.

–Frank Zappa

22

Shout for libraries. Shout for the young readers who use them.

–Patrick Ness

23

Librarians are almost always very helpful and often almost absurdly knowledgeable. Their skills are probably very underestimated and largely underemployed.

–Charles Medawar

24

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library? –Lily Tomlin #library #quote

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?

–Lily Tomlin

25

With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one – but no one at all – can tell you what to read and when and how.

–Doris Lessing

26

A library book, I imagine, is a happy book.

–Cornelia Funke

27

Libraries raised me. –Ray Bradbury #library #quote

Libraries raised me.

–Ray Bradbury

28

Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.

–Henri Frederic Amiel

29

If we can put a man on the moon and sequence the human genome, we should be able to devise something close to a universal digital public library.

–Peter Singer

30

Librarians are tour-guides for all of knowledge. –Patrick Ness #library #quote

Librarians are tour-guides for all of knowledge.

–Patrick Ness

31

Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.

–Laura Bush

32

The standard library saves programmers from having to reinvent the wheel.

–Bjarne Stroustrup

33

A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.

–Lemony Snicket

34

Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one. –Neil Gaiman

Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.

–Neil Gaiman

35

A great library is one nobody notices because it is always there, and always has what people need.

–Vicki Myron

36

Being a writer in a library is rather like being a eunuch in a harem.

–John Braine

37

Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.

–Lady Bird Johnson

38

Librarians have always been among the most thoughtful and helpful people. They are teachers without a classroom.

–Willard Scott

39

My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. –Peter Golkin #library #quote

My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything.

–Peter Golkin

40

A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.

–Germaine Greer

41

Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark…. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed.

–Germaine Greer

42

Nothing is pleasanter than exploring a library. –Walter Savage Landor #library #quote

Nothing is pleasanter than exploring a library.

–Walter Savage Landor

43

Libraries are our friends.

–Neil Gaiman

44

Rule number one: Don’t fuck with librarians.

–Neil Gaiman

45

Librarians are the secret masters of the world. They control information. Don’t ever piss one off.

–Spider Robinson

46

What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education.

–Harold Howe

47

A library is a place where you learn what teachers were afraid to teach you.

–Alan M. Dershowitz

48

A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.

–Shelby Foote

49

When the going gets tough, the tough get a librarian. –Joan Bauer #library #quote

When the going gets tough, the tough get a librarian.

–Joan Bauer

50

Librarian is a service occupation. Gas station attendant of the mind.

–Richard Powers

51

The love of libraries, like most loves, must be learned.

–Alberto Manguel

52

What is more important in a library than anything else – than everything else – is the fact that it exists.

–Archibald MacLeish

53

Libraries are the future of reading. –Courtney Milan #library #quote

Libraries are the future of reading.

–Courtney Milan

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