A library is a place where you can find books, magazines, and other materials to read. Libraries can be public or private, and they can be located in different places, such as schools, hospitals, or businesses. Libraries are important because they provide people with access to information and knowledge. Libraries also offer a variety of services, such as classes, computer access, and meeting rooms.
If you’re a reader, you know that there’s nothing quite like losing yourself in a good book. But where do you find these amazing stories? Well, the library of course! In honor of this magical place, we’ve compiled a list of the best quotes about libraries. So the next time you’re looking for something to read, be sure to pay attention to these 2022 quotes about library!
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Best Quotes For Library
If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries.
These libraries should be open to all except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty. ― John F. Kennedy
In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim. ― Linton Weeks
Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons. ― Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass
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, Horseradish
Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation. ― Walter Cronkite
A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity. ― Germaine Greer
In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them. ― Mark Twain
People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned. ― Saul Bellow
Don’t ever apologise to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that’s what they’re there for…use your library). Don’t apologise to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend’s copy.
What’s important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read… ― Neil Gaiman
I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years. ― Ray Bradbury
In principle and reality, libraries are life-enhancing palaces of wonder. ― Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered.
Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book. ― E.B. White
A great library doesn’t have to be big or beautiful. It doesn’t have to have the best facilities or the most efficient staff or the most users. A great library provides. It is enmeshed in the life of a community in a way that makes it indispensable.
A great library is one nobody notices because it is always there, and always has what people need. ― Vicki Myron, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them. ― Stephen Fry
Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book… ― Dwight D. Eisenhower
Rule number one: Don’t fuck with librarians. ― Neil Gaiman
Literacy is the most basic currency of the knowledge economy. — Barack Obama
Libraries are a cornerstone of democracy — where information is free and equally available to everyone. People tend to take that for granted, and they don’t realize what is at stake when that is put at risk. — Carla Hayden
The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man. — T.S. Eliot
Civilized nations build libraries; lands that have lost their soul close them down. — Toby Forward
You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world! This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have — arm yourselves! — Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who)
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A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life-raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen instead. — Caitlin Moran
A public library is the most democratic thing in the world. What can be found there has undone dictators and tyrants. — Doris Lessing
I had found my religion: nothing seemed more important to me than a book. I saw the library as a temple. — Jean-Paul Sartre
Libraries: The medicine chest of the soul. — Library at Thebes, inscription over the door
A library is a place where you learn what teachers were afraid to teach you. — Alan M. Dershowitz
The public library is where place and possibility meet. — Stuart Dybek
Paradise will be a kind of library. — Jorge Luis Borges
A great library contains the diary of the human race. — George Mercer Dawson
You build a thousand castles, a thousand sanctuaries, you are nothing; you build a library, you are everything! — Mehmet Murat ildan
Public libraries are the sole community centers left in America. The degree to which a branch of the local library is connected to the larger culture is a reflection of the degree to which the community itself is connected to the larger culture. — Russell Banks
A library could show you everything if you knew where to look. — Pat Conroy
When I got my library card, that’s when my life began. — Rita Mae Brown
Libraries are the thin red line between civilization and barbarism. — Neil Gaiman
My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library. — Peter Golkin
Librarians are committed to promoting lifelong learning in order to create a community of well-informed individuals. Librarians are catalysts to enlightenment for their communities. — Louise Capizzo
When I was young, we couldn’t afford much. But, my library card was my key to the world. — John Goodman
A library is infinity under a roof. — Gail Carson Levine
Had I the power, I would scatter libraries over the whole land, as the sower sows his wheat-field. — Horace Mann, 1883
A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life. — Henry Ward Beecher
At the dawn of the 21st century, where knowledge is literally power, where it unlocks the gates of opportunity and success, we all have responsibilities as parents, as librarians, as educators, as politicians, and as citizens to instill in our children a love of reading so that we can give them a chance to fulfill their dreams. — Barack Obama
My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library. For an impoverished child whose family could not afford to buy books, the library was the open door to wonder and achievement, and I can never be sufficiently grateful that I had the wit to charge through that door and make the most of it.
Now, when I read constantly about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that the door is closing and that American society has found one more way to destroy itself. — Isaac Asimov
Libraries Quotes And Sayings
Libraries are a pillar of any society. I believe our lack of attention to funding and caring for them properly in the United States has a direct bearing on problems of literacy, productivity, and our inability to compete in today’s world. Libraries are everyman’s free university. — John Jakes
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
The most important asset of any library goes home at night — the library staff. — Timothy Healy
A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone. — Jo Godwin
There is a hunger in this digital age to hear authors together, to participate in programs, to just be in a place, a community space. — Carla Hayden
Learned institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind, which is the best security against crafty and dangerous encroachments on the public liberty. — James Madison
I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.
So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries. — Kurt Vonnegut
What is the value of libraries? Through lifelong learning, libraries can and do change lives, a point that cannot be overstated. — Michael E. Gorman
The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history. — Carl Thomas Rowan
To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul. — Cicero
I was made for the library, not the classroom. The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free. — Ta-Nehisi Coates
The library is an arena of possibility, opening both a window into the soul and a door onto the world. — Rita Dove
I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me. I always feel better when I can see that there is something to hold back the shadows. ― Roger Zelazny, Nine Princes in Amber
Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines it’s hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits. ― Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free. ― Ta-Nehisi Coates
Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future. ― Ray Bradbury
A silent Library is a sad Library. A Library without patrons on whom to pile books and tales and knowing and magazines full of up-to-the-minute politickal fashions and atlases and plays in pentameter! A Library should be full of exclamations!
Shouts of delight and horror as the wonders of the world are discovered or the lies of the heavens are uncovered or the wild adventures of devil-knows-who sent romping out of the pages. A Library should be full of now-just-a-minutes and that-can’t-be-rights and scientific folk running skelter to prove somebody wrong.
It should positively vibrate with laughing at comedies and sobbing at tragedies, it should echo with gasps as decent ladies glimpse indecent things and indecent ladies stumble upon secret and scandalous decencies! A Library should not shush; it should roar! ― Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two
When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began. ― Rita Mae Brown
Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species.
I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries. ― Carl Sagan, Cosmos
What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education. ― Harold Howe
Libraries really are wonderful. They’re better than bookshops, even. I mean bookshops make a profit on selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts. ― Jo Walton, Among Others
Don’t mark up the Library’s copy, you fool! Librarians are Unprankable. They’ll track you down! They have skills! ― Charles Ogden
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
Librarians are the coolest people out there doing the hardest job out there on the frontlines. And every time I get to encounter or work with librarians, I’m always impressed by their sheer awesomeness. ― Neil Gaiman
Libraries raised me.
Libraries raised me.
What in the world would we do without our libraries? ― Katharine Hepburn
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. Libraries change lives for the better. ― Sidney Sheldon
People flock in, nevertheless, in search of answers to those questions only librarians are considered to be able to answer, such as “Is this the laundry? “How do you spell surreptitious? and, on a regular basis, “Do you have a book I remember reading once? It had a red cover and it turned out they were twins. ― Terry Pratchett, Going Postal
If your library is not “unsafe, it probably isn’t doing its job. ― John Berry
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, Daddy, We Hardly Knew You
The library in summer is the most wonderful thing because there you get books on any subject and read them each for only as long as they hold your interest, abandoning any that don’t, halfway or a quarter of the way through if you like, and store up all that knowledge in the happy corners of your mind for your own self and not to show off how much you know or spit it back at your teacher on a test paper. ― Polly Horvath, My One Hundred Adventures
When the going gets tough, the tough get a librarian. ― Joan Bauer
It’s still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding. ― Neil Gaiman
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of a Library. – Jorge Luis Borges
Nothing is pleasanter than exploring a library. – Walter Savage Landor
The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library. – Albert Einstein
When in doubt go to the library. – J.K. Rowling
Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities. – R. David Lankes
I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card. – Laura Bush
Libraries always remind me that there are good things in this world. – Lauren Ward
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
Quotes On Libraries
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
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
Who Needs a Librarian and Cataloger When You Have Google and Internet? Well, Who Needs a Teacher When You Have Wikipedia? And, Who Needs a Doctor When You Have WebMD? Just as the Wikipedia Doesn’t Replace the Teacher, and WebMD Doesn’t Replace the Doctor, In the Same Way, Google Search and Internet Doesn’t Replace the Librarian and Cataloger. – Salman Haider
I’m a Librarian, Librarianship is my religion, Libraries are my temple, and Catalog is my key weapon to unlock the wealth of wisdom and knowledge stored in the libraries. – Salman Haider
A Trained Librarian is a Powerful Search Engine With a Heart. – Sarah McIntyre
RDA offers libraries the potential to change significantly how bibliographic data is created and used. RDA is a standard for resource description and access designed for the digital world. – OCLC, Librarianship Studies & Information Technology.
Classification, broadly defined, is the act of organizing the universe of knowledge into some systematic order. It has been considered the most fundamental activity of the human mind. – Lois Mai Chan
Cataloging is an old-fashioned term for resource access and discovery services. With resources increasingly available and accessed electronically, description and access points are vital to discovery and use by students and faculty. – Jan Daniel
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
Cutting libraries during a recession is like cutting hospitals during a plague. – Eleanor Crumblehulme
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 you absolutely positively have to know, ask a librarian. – American Library Association
Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one. – Neil Gaiman
In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim. – Linton Weeks
Quality cataloging takes time and money. Without a good catalog, there is no library. – Colin Bitter
Cutting cataloguing budgets and support year after year and retirement after retirement is hurting the library in the long run and burning out the staff that remains. We need time and resources to learn the new models and standards at the same time we do our day to day work. This is work that now takes a bit longer to do but in the long run we are making better records.
The new linked data models have the potential for revolutionizing the services and information libraries can provide for their users and keep libraries relevant in an increasingly web-based information environment. – Donna Frederick
Quality authority work and attention to authority work by everyone working in the database is ESSENTIAL to the future of library linked data. – B. Iseminger
If you want a future of libraries, it is within you, the librarians. If you want a healthy community that seeks out knowledge, and seeks informed conversation, then advocate for it beyond your walls. – R. David Lankes
There is fantastic information in books. Often when I do a search, what is in a book is miles ahead of what I find on a Web site. – Sergey Brin
Cataloguing is more than merely ‘processing’ an item. Metadata gives voice to collected works, brings their form and meaning to the surface of discovery, so that collections might be found and enjoyed. – Alissa M.Only librarians like to search, Everyone else likes to find. – Roy Tennant
Every person, organization, and even society reaches a point at which they owe it to themselves to Hit Refresh to reenergize, renew, reframe, and rethink their purpose. If only it were as easy as punching that little refresh button on your browser.
Sure, in this age of continuous updates and always-on technologies, hitting refresh may sound quaint, but still when it’s done right, when people and culture re-create and refresh, a renaissance can be the result. – Satya Nadella
A leader must see the external opportunities and the internal capability and culture and all of the connections among them and respond to them before they become obvious parts of the conventional wisdom. – Satya Nadella
I’ve often said that the best lines of computer code are like poetry. The writer struggles to compress so much thought and feeling into the fewest lines possible while still communicating the fullness of expression. – Satya Nadella
Be the change you want to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi
Quotes About Librarians
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs
Life is a 100-meter dash. Time is the race. Timing is of the essence. And success belongs to those who can squeeze the life out of every moment, instant, microsecond.
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. ― Monty Python
You are a total stranger and you want to take my library book. ― Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian
The old man was peering intently at the shelves. ‘I’ll have to admit that he’s a very competent scholar.’
Isn’t he just a librarian?’ Garion asked, ‘somebody who looks after books?’
That’s where all the rest of scholarship starts, Garion. All the books in the world won’t help you if they’re just piled up in a heap. ― David Eddings, King of the Murgos
She was brilliant and joyous and she believed- probably correctly- that libraries contain the answers to all things, to everything, and that if you can’t find the information you seek in the library, then such information probably doesn’t exist in this or any parallel universe now or ever to be known.
She was thoughtful and kind and she always believed the best of everybody. She was, above all else, a master librarian and she knew where to find any book on any subject in the shortest possible time.
And she was wonderfully unhinged. ― Gary Paulsen, Mudshark
In my fool hardy youth, when my friends were dreaming of heroic deeds in the realms of engineering and law, finance and national politics, I dreamt of becoming a librarian. ― Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night
The library is like a candy store where everything is free. ― Jamie Ford, Songs of Willow Frost
Congratulations on the new library, because it isn’t just a library. It is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life. ― Isaac Asimov
To build up a library is to create a life. It’s never just a random collection of books. ― Carlos María Domínguez, The House of Paper
There are many horrible sights in the multiverse. Somehow, though, to a soul attuned to the subtle rhythms of a library, there are few worse sights than a hole where a book ought to be. ― Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!
The love of libraries, like most loves, must be learned. ― Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night
Knowing I lov’d my books, he furnish’d me From mine own library with volumes that I prize above my dukedom. ― William Shakespeare
Libraries are a force for good. They wear capes. They fight evil. They don’t get upset when you don’t send them a card on their birthdays. (Though they will charge you if you’re late returning a book.) They serve communities. The town without a library is a town without a soul.
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.
Libraries are the torch of the world, illuminating the path when it feels too dark to see. We mustn’t allow that torch to be extinguished. ― Libba Bray
“Harry—I think I’ve just understood something! I’ve got to go to the library!”
And she sprinted away, up the stairs.
“What does she understand?” said Harry distractedly, still looking around, trying to tell where the voice had come from.
“Loads more than I do,” said Ron, shaking his head.
“But why’s she got to go to the library?”
“Because that’s what Hermione does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.” —J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets