76+ Best Library Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational library quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

Famous Library Quotes

Libraries were full of ideas perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons. Sarah J. Maas

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. Jorge Luis Borges

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

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation. Walter Cronkite

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!  When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library. Jane Austen

A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity. Germaine Greer

My library is an archive of longings. Susan Sontag

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

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. Maya Angelou

People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned. Saul Bellow

The world is quiet here. Lemony Snicket

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

Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack. Virginia Woolf

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

A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library. Shelby Foote

In principle and reality, libraries are life enhancing palaces of wonder. Gail Honeyman

That perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library. Aphra Behn

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

The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man. T.S. Eliot

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

It was good to walk into a library again; it smelled like home. Elizabeth Kostova

An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them. Stephen Fry

The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library. Albert Einstein

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

My grandma always said that God made libraries so that people didn’t have any excuse to be stupid. Joan Bauer

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

I couldn’t live a week without a private library  indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500 or so books I possess. H. P. Lovecraft

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

Because I’m the kind of girl who fantasizes about being trapped in a library overnight. Rainbow Rowell

The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free. Ta Nehisi Coates

The sea is nothing but a library of all the tears in history. Lemony Snicket

Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future. Ray Bradbury

When I open them, most of the books have the smell of an earlier time leaking out between the pages a special odor of the knowledge and emotions that for ages have been calmly resting between the covers. Breathing it in, I glance through a few pages before returning each book to its shelf. Haruki Murakami

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

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have lent me. Anatole France

When I got my library card, that was when my life began. Rita Mae Brown

We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth. John Lubbock

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

Me, poor man, my library Was dukedom large enough. William Shakespeare

What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education. Harold Howe

In the library I felt better, words you could trust and look at till you understood them, they couldn’t change half way through a sentence like people, so it was easier to spot a lie. Jeanette Winterson

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

Your library is your paradise. Desiderius Erasmus

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

I attempted briefly to consecrate myself in the public library, believing every crack in my soul could be chinked with a book. Barbara Kingsolver

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

What in the world would we do without our libraries? Katharine Hepburn

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

A library is like an island in the middle of a vast sea of ignorance, particularly if the library is very tall and the surrounding area has been flooded. Daniel Handler

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

If your library is not unsafe, it probably isn’t doing its job. John Berry

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

Libraries raised me. Ray Bradbury

If your library is not unsafe, it probably isn’t doing its job. John Berry

She’d absolutely adored the library an entire building where anyone could take things they didn’t own and feel no remorse about it. Ally Carter

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

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

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

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

I always get lost in the library, he said, no matter how many times I go. In fact, I think I get lost there more, the more that I go. Like it’s getting to know me and revealing new passages. Rainbow Rowell

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

When I tell people I went to library school, the most common reaction is either You’re joking, right? or They have schools for librarians? Do they teach you how to properly sssh people? Scott Douglas

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

Because that’s what Hermione does, said Ron, shrugging. When in doubt, go to the library. J.K. Rowling

You are a total stranger and you want to take my library book. Elizabeth Kostova

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

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

The library is like a candy store where everything is free. Jamie Ford

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

Some say they get lost in books, but I find myself, again and again, in the pages of a good book. Humanly speaking, there is no greater teacher, no greater therapist, no greater healer of the soul, than a well stocked library. L.R.Knost

The library is like a candy store where everything is free. Jamie Ford

The love of libraries, like most loves, must be learned. Alberto Manguel

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

The secret of a good librarian is that he never reads anything more of the literature in his charge than the title and the table of contents. Anyone who lets himself go and starts reading a book is lost as a librarian He’s bound to lose perspective. Robert Musil