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50 thought-provoking quotes about libraries and librarians

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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.”

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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.

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50 best quotes about libraries and librarians


Best quotes about libraries and librarians: When in doubt go to the library. - J.K. Rowling

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!

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

– R. David Lankes


Library quote by Stephen Fry

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.

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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


Best quotes about libraries: The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library. –Albert Einstein

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!

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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


Library quote by Virginia Woolf

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.

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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


Top library quotes: Libraries were full of ideas - perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons. - Sarah J. Maas

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.

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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


Best quotes about libraries: Libraries always remind me that there are good things in this world. -Lauren Ward

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.

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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


Library quote by Eleanor Brown

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.

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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


Best library quotes: A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone. –Jo Godwin

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!

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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


Library quote by Patrick Ness

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!

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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


Best quotes about libraries: You want weapons? We're in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. –Dr Who

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”.

⇢ Etsy


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


Library quote by Piotr Kowalczyk

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.

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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


Library quote by Walter Savage Landor

Nothing is pleasanter than exploring a library.

– Walter Savage Landor

Check out the entire library quote series on Society6.

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Libraries are our friends.

– Neil Gaiman


Library quote by Marc Brown

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.

⇢ Society6


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

– Spider Robinson


Best library quotes: A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life. –Henry Ward Beecher

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.

⇢ Etsy


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


Library quote by Neil Gaiman

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:-)

⇢ Redbubble


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


Library quote by John Lubbock

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.

⇢ Society6

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