Last Updated on 22 June 2024

Quotes from various sources talking about libraries and librarians

  • Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities.
    – R. David Lankes
  • Cutting libraries during a recession is like cutting hospitals during a plague.
    – Eleanor Crumblehulme
  • 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
  • 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
  • Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.
    – Neil Gaiman
  • I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.
    – Laura Bush
  • If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
    – Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim.
    – Linton Weeks
  • Librarians are almost always very helpful and often almost absurdly knowledgeable. Their skills are probably very underestimated and largely underemployed.
    – Charles Medawar
  • Librarians are tour-guides for all of knowledge.
    – Patrick Ness
  • Librarians have always been among the most thoughtful and helpful people. They are teachers without a classroom. No libraries, no progress.
    – Willard Scott
  • Libraries always remind me that there are good things in this world.
    – Lauren Ward
  • 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
  • A library is a miracle. A place where you can learn just about anything, for free. A place where your mind can come alive.
    – Josh Hanagarne
  • A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
    – Henry Ward Beecher
  • 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
  • Nothing is pleasanter than exploring a library.
    – Walter Savage Landor
  • One can never have too many librarian friends.
    – Jennifer Chiaverini
  • The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.
    – Albert Einstein
  • To ask why we need libraries at all, when there is so much information available elsewhere, is about as sensible as asking if roadmaps are necessary now that there are so very many roads.
    – Jon Bing
  • Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.
    – Walter Cronkite
  • When in doubt go to the library.
    – J.K. Rowling
  • When the going gets tough, the tough get a librarian.
    – Joan Bauer
  • When you absolutely positively have to know, ask a librarian.
    – American Library Association
  • You see, I don’t believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, that has been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians.
    – Graham Chapman
  • 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