If you buy an item via this post, we may get a small affiliate fee. Details.
You’ll find below a selection of quotes devoted to places and people deserving the 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 that will improve 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.
Where are you heading with your life? Each direction is good if there is a library along the way.
Please share the library quotes that are still missing. We’d be more than happy to add them. You can use the comments section below, or reach us on social media. Thanks!
50 best quotes about libraries and librarians
When in doubt go to the library.– J.K. Rowling
One of the most famous quotes by J.K. Rowling in one of the most stunning visualizations – obviously by Risa Rodil. You can get this particular design from Redbubble, placed on many items, including wall art, apparel, iPad cases, mugs, tote bags, and even duvet covers!
Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities.– R. David Lankes
An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them.– Stephen Fry
This vintage-style artwork is available on Redbubble on several products, including apparel, personal accessories, and wall decor.
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
Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.– Ray Bradbury
The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.– Albert Einstein
Adorably illustrated by Simini Blocker, the quote by Albert Einstein would make a great welcome poster in every library!
Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.– Anne Herbert
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
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
I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure.– Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf’s famous quote about libraries is a part of our “Vintage Library Quotes” series. Available on Zazzle on over 50 items.
People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.– Saul Bellow
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
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
Libraries were full of ideas – perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.– Sarah J. Maas
A quote by the NYT bestselling author Sarah J. Maas is available on almost 50 items, including home decor, stationery, cases and skins for phones and tablets, or clothes.
A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.– Norman Cousins
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
Libraries always remind me that there are good things in this world.– Lauren Ward
This wonderful quote comes from Lauren Ward and is visualized beautifully by herself.
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
There is no problem that a library card can’t solve.– Eleanor Brown
The quote by Eleanor Brown is available on Redbubble on almost 80 items, including transparent sticker in three sizes.
Shout for libraries. Shout for the young readers who use them.– 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
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 truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.– Jo Godwin
Good folks from Bookish Birds offer this bold quote from Jo Godwin placed on a page from a dictionary that was destined for the trash bin. A perfect gift for a library lover in your life!
A library book, I imagine, is a happy book.– Cornelia Funke
Libraries raised me.– Ray Bradbury
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
Librarians are tour-guides for all of knowledge.– Patrick Ness
Here is another visualization from our vintage-style quote series inspired by classic book covers. On Zazzle, you will have to place the artwork on dozens of merch products. What’s more, you will have a chance to customize it!
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
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
Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.– Neil Gaiman
You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!– Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who)
From Aenaon Art Work comes a typographic poster with a famous quote from Doctor Who TV series: season 2, episode 2 – “Tooth and Claw”.
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
Bookshops and libraries are a backstage of success.– Piotr Kowalczyk
From a large collection of book quotes by Piotr Kowalczyk, we’ve picked up the one that describes what leads to success in life. Available on almost 80 products on Redbubble, including wall art, t-shirts, and mugs.
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
My two favorite 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
Check out the entire library quote series on Society6.
Libraries are our friends.– Neil Gaiman
Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card.– Marc Brown
The popular library quote by Marc Brown is visualized to resemble classic book cover design. Available as art print in five sizes to fit any wall space.
Librarians are the secret masters of the world. They control information. Don’t ever piss one off.– Spider Robinson
A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.– Henry Ward Beecher
Another great library poster from Bookish Birds, with the hand-lettered quote by Henry Ward Beecher.
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
Rule number one: Don’t f**k with librarians.– Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman’s bold statement was cleverly modified to be used, well, in libraries:-)
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
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
What is more important in a library than anything else – than everything else – is the fact that it exists.– Archibald MacLeish
Libraries are the future of reading.– Courtney Milan
When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself.– Isaac Asimov
We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.– John Lubbock
The quote is available on Society6 on a poster, in sizes between 8 × 8 and 28 × 28 inches, printed on 100% cotton, acid and lignin-free archival paper.
• • •
Keep exploring. Here are other lists and tips for library lovers:
Book censorship in the 2021 by the numbers
– April 26, 2022
How to set up and organize a perfect home library (infographic)
– February 21, 2022
Library Lover’s Month – there are so many ways to celebrate!
– February 1, 2022
Quotes about libraries, inspired by old book design
– January 21, 2022
The evolution of public libraries since 7th century BCE (infographic)
– November 19, 2021
Gifts for modern book lovers in 2022
Based on recommendations from top tech sites and customer reviews.
Breathable 3D sleep headphones – great for audiobooks
This cozy and breathable sleeping mask has a special 3D shape which will not put pressure on your eyeballs and face. It features built-in Bluetooth earbuds with a playback time reaching 10 hours.
Cute book sleeve – great for print books and e-readers
From The Great Oak comes a large zippered book sleeve with a cozy and bright pattern. The soft middle layer is designed to keep your books safe and comfy. It will protect not only your paperbacks, but also an e-reader.
Hands-free pillow stand – great for e-readers and print books
An improved version of a popular Lamicall tablet pillow comes now with a side pocket for a pen or small accessories. The grooves are deep enough to hold a print book. It’s made of durable materials and is available in five fashionable colors.