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The Secret Masters of the World

“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

As a librarian myself, I have to say that the above quote perfectly encapsulates the job of a librarian, but not so much their inner life.  Good thing I’ve compiled this list of books about librarians to make sure all our readers get the whole picture.  Because who wouldn’t want to read about people who love to read, amirite?

I got on the idea for this post because I read a wonderful book recently called, The Movement of Stars, in which the main character is not only a librarian, but also an astronomer, a woman living in Nantucket in the 1840’s, and a burgeoning free spirit, whose intellectual and spiritual journey was a joy to read.

I can’t recommend this book enough for fans of historical fiction, independent ladies, and a dash of romance.

If that’s not your bag though, try one of these other fabulous books about librarians:


Hopefully, these titles will leave you with a better idea of the fantastic and fabulous lives that librarians lead outside of the library.  Of course, they may not, if you don’t believe in magic or time travel or true love–but hey, that’s not my problem.  Just be careful to remember this other quote regarding your favorite information professionals:

“Librarians are the secret masters of the world. They control information. Don’t ever piss one off. ”
Spider Robinson

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