Librarian Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old librarian quotes, librarian sayings, and librarian proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Librarians are generals in the war on ignorance.     


Librarians lend people books from the library. The best librarians are children's book librarians.     

Richard Scarry

Not all librarians are evil cultists. Some librarians are instead vengeful undead who want to suck your soul.     

Brandon Sanderson

Librarians as a race tend to be tedious.     

Peter Shaffer

The Librarian liked being best man. You were allowed to kiss bridesmaids, and they weren't allowed to run away.     

Terry Pratchett

Librarians save lives: by handing the right book, at the right time, to a kid in need.     

Judy Blume

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

Neil Gaiman

Librarians are tour-guides for all of knowledge.     

Patrick Ness

Information is valuable. Librarians and libraries are, at best incidental; at worst, in the way.     

Donald A. Barclay

In general, librarians enjoyed special requests. A reference librarian is someone who likes the chase. When librarians read for pleasure, they often pick a good mystery.     

Karen Joy Fowler

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

Spider Robinson

Librarians consider free access to information the foundation of democracy.     

Marilyn Johnson

Love with librarians mean love with books.     

Abid Hussain

Good librarians are natural intelligence operatives. They possess all of the skills and characteristics required for that work: curiosity, wide-ranging knowledge, good memories, organization and analytical aptitude, and discretion.     

Marilyn Johnson

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

R. David Lankes

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.     

Charles William Eliot

To be a librarian is not to be neutral, or passive, or waiting for a question. It is to be a radical positive change agent within your community.     

R. David Lankes

The librarian must be the librarian militant before he can be the librarian triumphant.     

Melvil Dewey

The librarian isn't a clerk who happens to work in a library. A librarian is a data hound, a guide, a sherpa and a teacher. The librarian is the interface between reams of data and the untrained but motivated user.     

Seth Godin

Librarians are on the front lines of an invisible struggle over our information diet and, for better or worse, the scales are not tipping in their direction.     

Peter Morville

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

Joan Bauer

It is an awfully sad misconception that librarians simply check books in and out. The library is the heart of a school, and without a librarian, it is but an empty shell.     

Jarrett J. Krosoczka

You can take the girl out of the library, but you can't take the neurotic, compulsively curious librarian out of the girl.     

Molly Harper

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

Willard Scott

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

Charles Medawar

Don't mark up the Library's copy, you fool! Librarians are Unprankable. They'll track you down! They have skills!     

Charles Ogden

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

Richard Powers

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

Timothy Healy

We need librarians who can handle this tremendous jumble of information that is in cyberspace.     

Robert Darnton

Never argue with a librarian; they know too much.     

Carole Nelson Douglas