Quotations About Librarians
"And, guys have this thing with librarians: 'I
really like frumpy librarians with glasses who, after a couple of
tequila shots, take their hair out of the bun and get crazy.' "
5 December 2002)
"Are all librarians this much trouble?"
(The Mummy Returns,
2001. Line spoken by Brendan Fraser as Rick O'Connell)
"As a general rule, librarians are a kick in the
pants socially, often full of good humor, progressive, and,
naturally, well read."
(As quoted in American
Libraries, January 2002, p. 44)
"Beware the lustful fires that burn in a librarian's
heart. They can rage beyond all control."
Safety and Prevention Tips," 28 May 2003)
"Boys who are into sports tend not to become
Bill Barnes and Gene
strip, 4 December 2003.
Line spoken by the
"Burnout for librarians seems to me both foolish and unnecessary. . . .
Work hard, work well, work effectively. Work until quitting time. Then go home
and enjoy the rest of your life. If that leaves an unsolved problem, tell your
boss on the way out the door or write the boss a note."
Herbert S. White
(At the Crossroads. Libraries Unlimited, 1995, p. 210)
"For the civilized world accepts as unforgivable sin
Any talking out loud with any librarian"
("Marian the Librarian," from The Music Man)
"He's like Super Librarian, y'know? Everyone
forgets, Willow, that knowledge is the ultimate weapon."
(Buffy the Vampire
Slayer episode, "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date."
Line spoken by Nicholas
Brendon as Xander Harris)
"I deserve a swift kick in the shorts for all the times I've
stubbornly wound my way through the library stacks, my mule head
leading the way, searching fruitlessly for information a librarian
could put in my hands in a matter of minutes."
(Handbook for Freelance Writing, 1995, as quoted in Marylaine
Libris, 23 February 2001)
"I didn't know librarians drank martinis."
(The Dewey Decimal System of Love. New American Library, 2003, p.
(As quoted by a
library director, Chicago Tribune article, 20 August 2004)
"I just knew I wanted to be respected. I wanted to be good at
sport. I wanted to be pretty. I wanted to be head librarian."
(Quoted in Sydney Morning Herald article, 30 January 1999)
"I love being in a skirt and boots. It goes back to the
librarian-principal look. I like the idea of carrying books around in a
(Submitted by L.J.)
"I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure seeker, or a
gunfighter, Mr. O'Connell, but I am proud of what I am. ... I am a librarian,
and I'm going to kiss you, Mr. O'Connell!"
(The Mummy, 1999. Lines spoken by Rachel Weisz as Evie Carnahan)
"I really didn't realize the librarians were, you
know, such a dangerous group. ... You think they're just sitting at
the desk, all quiet and everything. They're like plotting the
revolution, man. I wouldn't mess with them. You know, they've had
their budgets cut. They're paid nothing. Books are falling apart.
The libraries are just like the ass end of everything, right?"
13 March 2002)
"I saw you guys going at it behind the card catalog."
episode, 22 November 2001.
Line spoken by Jennifer
Anniston as Rachel Green)
"I think that librarians get a bum rap. They're
constantly represented as these staid do-gooders, hair in a bun,
glasses on the nose. In fact, librarians have better eyesight than
interview (NPR), 20 October 2001)
"I thought I'd be a librarian until I met some crazy ones."
article, 1998, as quoted in
"I wanted to have sex with a lot of librarians."
Talking Heads into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,
"I've got so much more respect now for librarians."
(Quoted in Associated
Press news article, 15 November 2002)
"If she can't spell, why is she a librarian?
Librarians should know how to spell."
Morrow Junior Books, 1999, p. 109)
"If you tell even a single librarian joke, I'm outta
(The Dewey Decimal System of Love. New American Library, 2003, p.
"In fact a few simple mathematical calculations reveal that if reference
librarians were paid at market rates for all the roles they play, they would
have salaries well over $200,000."
(The Truth About Reference Librarians. McFarland, 1996, p. 30)
"In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians
provide us with floaties and teach us how to swim."
(Washington Post article, 13 January 2001, p. C01)
"It is this author's devout hope that in time he may
be able to produce acceptable books about cute furry animals and --
for the older reader -- stories about high schools in California
with really good athletic programs and uniformly attractive
students. In the meantime, while the sort of adumbrated and sinister
production which follows these remarks continues to issue forth (to
my considerable enrichment -- and the publisher's), the least I can
do is to entreat teachers and librarians of the better sort to keep
the book out of the hands of the young."
Daniel M. Pinkwater
Tor, 1985, p. 84)
"It must be where the librarians hang out. Hey,
let's get locked in here every weekend!"
(Arthur episode. Line spoken by
the character of Francine)
"It's very safe at the Oscars, I mean the Oscars is practically
a librarians convention."
Steven Cojocaru, West Coast style editor for People
(Chicago Tribune article about fashion at the Grammy Awards,
21 February 2001, sec.
5 p. 1)
"Langdon had been inside hermetic vaults many times, but it was always an
unsettling experience ... something about entering an airtight container where the oxygen was regulated by a reference librarian."
(Angels and Demons. Simon & Schuster, 2000, p. 193.
Submitted by Rosemary McCarthy)
"Liberrian: One who picks liberries from wild liberry bushes and makes a
liberry pie. Mmmmh! Mmmmh! So delicious!"
R. Lee Hadden
(Message reproduced in
Library Juice, 12 April 2000)
"A librarian is a person who helps people -- and dinosaurs --
at the library."
Mark S. Bernthal
(Barney and Baby Bop Go to the Library. Lyrick, 1999)
"Librarians are librarians: they are not caregivers,
nurturers, social workers, surrogate parents, welfare agents, or
therapists. When all is said and done, their role is
straightforward: they gather stuff, impose some order on said stuff,
and make the stuff available to the public."
column, 15 May 2002, p. 66)
"Librarians don't look like librarians all the time."
Out At the Library")
"Librarians, Dusty, possess a vast store of politeness. These
are people who get asked regularly the dumbest questions on God's
green earth. These people tolerate every kind of crank and eccentric
and mouth breather there is."
Garrison Keillor, "Lives of the Cowboys"
(Submitted by Kathy)
"Libraries are far from the rarefied cathedrals of
secular humanism they pretend to be, while librarians are the
shadiest cratures this side of the Russian mob. Scratch the
adamantly bland demeanor of any librarian and you'll find trails of
broken hearts, bathtubs full of meth fixings, and covert careers in
column, 17 October 2002)
"Libraries are brothels for the mind. Which means
that librarians are the madams, greeting punters, understanding
their strange tastes and needs, and pimping their books."
(The Guardian column,
18 October 2003. Submitted by Lynette in Queensland)
"Like a librarian in borrowed leather pants, the city seemed to
say, 'I just don't know if it's me.'"
19 August 2003)
"Man, who'd have thought being a librarian could be
episode, "Harper 2.0."
Line spoken by
Gordon Michael Woolvett as Seamus Harper.
Submitted by C.E. of
"Mary Kay is one of the secret masters of the world: a librarian. They
control information. Don't ever piss one off."
(The Callahan Touch. Ace, 1993, p. 64)
"Most people don't realize how important librarians are.
I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and
prosperity of a culture was solely related to how many librarians it
contained. Possibly a slight overstatement. But a culture that doesn't
value its librarians doesn't value ideas and without ideas, well, where
(The Sandman. Line spoken by Lucien, Librarian of the Dreaming.
Submitted by Trey Bunn.)
"Of course it's alright for librarians to smell of drink."
(Less Than Angels
, submitted by Rebecca Hunt of Maryland)
"Oh, I'm afraid I always wanted to
be a librarian. To me that seemed like the perfect life: solitude;
absolute silence; tall, dark libraries. But then they started to
become very modern, you know, these little pre-fabs and they had no
romance whatsoever. So suddenly the idea had no fascination for me."
(Star Hits interview,
1985. Submitted by Alice in Brazil)
"Okay, I'm going to draw up the demand for the
librarian's resignation tonight."
Girls episode, 1 October 2002.
Line spoken by Liza Weil
as Paris Geller)
"Or, if you catch her in a good mood, she'll recite
the Dewey decimal system by heart. They say Mrs. Beamster has a
crush on Mr. Dewey and that she carries his picture in a lead locket
around her neck."
(The Librarian from
the Black Lagoon. Scholastic, 1997)
"Our whole American way of life is a great war of ideas, and librarians
are the arms dealers selling weapons to both sides."
(WESTPAC/NOCALL joint meeting, 1990)
"Show me a computer expert that gives a damn, and I'll show you a
Patricia Wilson Berger
article, 29 June 1990, Tempo section, p. 1)
"The library people can be mean pricks when it comes
to people cutting up their magazines."
Putnam, 1999, p. 171)
"There are only two kinds of people who believe
themselves able to read a MARC record without referring to a stack
of manuals: a handful of our top catalogers, and those on serious
column, 15 October 2002)
"To Homer, libraries were holy places like churches, and the
priestly librarians a blessed race, a saving remnant in a world of sin.
Whenever God grew impatient and decided to destroy the world he
remembered the librarians and stayed his hand."
(The Thief of Venice, as quoted in Library
Juice, 14 February 2001)
"We cannot have good libraries until we first have good librarians --
properly educated, professionally recognized, and fairly rewarded."
Herbert S. White
column, 15 November 1999, pp. 44-45)
"Well, that makes you a very clever librarian, Talamascan."
Scott Abbott, screenplay
(Queen of the Damned. Line spoken by Stuart Townsend as Lestat)
"What can I say? Librarians rule."
(Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, 17 February 2000)
"When Goofy meets the librarian, they hit it off and spark a
stuck-in-the-seventies disco inferno that steals the show."
(Videotape case blurb, An
Extremely Goofy Movie, 2000)
"With a librarian behind him, there's no telling how far a
shoeshine boy can go."
Helen Schary Motro
23 August 2002)
"You honor your reservations; you go to your meetings so we can clean the
rooms; you're relatively quiet; and you drink more than the American
Anonymous hotel official, on why he liked the ALA annual conference
(Quoted by Patricia Wilson Berger in
29 June 1990, Tempo section, p. 1)