50 thought-provoking quotes about libraries and librarians

50 most inspiring quotes about libraries and librarians

Best quotes about libraries

This part of our Best 50 series we’d like to devote to places and people who deserve most attention. Below you’ll find best quotes about libraries and librarians.

Libraries are an essential element in a process of giving users access to digital knowledge. For many people they are the only place with an access to free internet.

Most importantly, however, libraries are the places where you can expect smart and clear answers to even most difficult questions. As one of my favorite cartoons shows, a librarian is the original search engine.

I’ve visualised some of the quotes to let you easier share them in social networks – and promote libraries to a growing community of online addicts.

In times of the internet especially everyone can visit a library without leaving home (to be more precise: the computer; to be even more precise: the browser). It’s just a matter of opening a library’s website, and you can not only borrow an ebook, but also ask the librarian an online question.

Please share library quotes that are missing in the list. I’m updating the page regularly. Any suggestions about which quotes to turn into images are also welcome.

50 quotes about libraries and librarians

Library quote: An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them. - Stephen Fry

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

–Stephen Fry

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

–Ray Bradbury

A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.

–Andrew Carnegie

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

–Paula Poundstone

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

–American Library Association

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

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

–Timothy Healy

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

–Linton Weeks

A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas – a place where history comes to life.

–Norman Cousins

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

–Saul Bellow

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

–Carlos María Domínguez

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

–Rita Mae Brown

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

Library quote: I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card. -Laura Bush

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

–Laura Bush

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

–John le Carre

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

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

–Cornelia Funke

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

–Norman Cousins

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

–Virginia Woolf

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

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

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

–Henry Ward Beecher

Library quote: Cutting libraries during a recession is like cutting hospitals during a plague. -Eleanor Crumblehulme

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

– Eleanor Crumblehulme

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

–Frank Zappa

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

–Patrick Ness

Librarians are tour-guides for all of knowledge.

–Patrick Ness

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

–Charles Medawar

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

–Lily Tomlin

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

Library quote: 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

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

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

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

–Bjarne Stroustrup

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

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

–Vicki Myron

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

–John Braine

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

–Lady Bird Johnson

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

–Willard Scott

Library quote: My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. -Peter Golkin

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

–Peter Golkin

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

–Germaine Greer

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

Nothing is pleasanter than exploring a library.

–Walter Savage Landor

Libraries are our friends.

–Neil Gaiman

Rule number one: Don’t fuck with librarians.

–Neil Gaiman

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

–Spider Robinson

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

–Richard Powers

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

–Alberto Manguel

Library quote: What is more important in a library than anything else – than everything else – is the fact that it exists. - Archibald MacLeish

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

–Archibald MacLeish

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

–Harold Howe

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

–Alan M. Dershowitz

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

–Shelby Foote

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

–Joan Bauer

Library quote: Libraries are the future of reading. -Courtney Milan

Libraries are the future of reading.

–Courtney Milan

Sources: Goodreads, Brainy Quote, IFLA, Library Quotes.

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