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10 Must-Read Books about Libraries & Librarians


By Simon McDonald, Editorial Manager | simon@thereadingroom.com

In the words of Jamie Ford in his novel The Songs of Willow Frost, libraries are “like a candy store where everything is free.” These 10 books will remind you of why libraries are such special places.

The Borrowerwant_to_read_buttonLucy Hull, a young children’s librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, finds herself both a kidnapper and kidnapped when her favorite patron, 10-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home.

The Time Traveler's Wifewant_to_read_buttonHenry is a librarian, whose genetic disorder causes him to involuntarily travel through time.

Contestwant_to_read_buttonStephen Swain has found himself locked in the after-hours darkness of the New York Public Library as a contestant in a deadly game. Seven players will enter, but only one will leave.

The Grand Complicationwant_to_read_buttonA stylish young reference librarian of arcane interests unravels an 18th-century mystery: who stole Marie Antoinette’s watch?

Library Lionwant_to_read_button Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed, and you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do.

Library Unquietwant_to_read_button A spirited foray from Boston to Baghdad, from classical scriptoria to medieval monasteries, from the Vatican to the British Library, from socialist reading rooms and rural home libraries to the Information Age.

The Camel Bookmobilewant_to_read_buttonFiona finds herself caught in the middle of a volatile local struggle when the bookmobile’s presence sparks a dangerous feud between the proponents of modernization and those who fear the loss of traditional ways.

World's Strongest Librarianwant_to_read_buttonAn inspiring story of how a Mormon kid with Tourette syndrome found salvation in books and weight-lifting.

Deweywant_to_read_buttonHow is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world?

This Book is Overduewant_to_read_button Buried in info? Cross-eyed over technology? From the bottom of a pile of paper, disks, books, e-books, and scattered thumb drives comes a cry of hope: Make way for the librarians. They can help!

Add the 10 Must-Read Books about Libraries and Librarians to your bookshelf.