Books About Libraries and Librarians

We love libraries. They’re one of the most comforting places in the world, where you can curl up with a good book for hours without being disturbed. It is in libraries that book lovers feel at home. But even more than libraries, we love librarians–the dedicated people who ensure that readers are able to do what they love everyday. Here are our favorite books about libraries and librarians. What book is your favorite? Add it in the comments below!

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger


Henry DeTamble is a time-traveling librarian at the Newberry Library in Chicago. The library plays an important role in the book, as it is the first “natural” meeting place between Henry and his wife Claire.

The Archivist by Martha Cooley  


The novel surrounds Matthias Lane who is an archivist at an unnamed library. He has been entrusted to keep T.S. Eliot’s letters to Emily Hale private until 2020—until Roberta, a graduate student, convinces him to show them to her.

Dewey by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter


The book covers the true-story of Dewey Readmore Books—the cat in residence at Spencer Public Library in Spencer, Iowa. Dewey was found in the outside book drop on a freezing winter night. The book details the amazing story and the librarians that cared for him.

True Believer by Nicholas Sparks


Jeremy, an expert on proving supernatural sightings wrong, travels to Boone Creek, North Carolina to investigate ghostly lights appearing in the cemetery. He meet the small town’s librarian, Lexie, who helps him with research that may lead them to the reason for the mysterious lights.

Miss Zukas and the Library Murders by Jo Dereske


The police are puzzled when a body turns up in the fiction stacks at a library, but Miss Helma Zukas and her friend Ruth are hot on the trail and in pursuit of the truth.

The Case of the Missing Books (Mobile Library Mysteries) by Ian Sansom

the case of the missing books

The new mobile library driver, Israel Armstrong, has a mystery on his hands when all 15,000 books in the rolling library disappear. New to Ireland, Israel will have to figure out what happened in this small, picturesque town.

The Geographer’s Library by Jon Fasman

geographers library

The Geographer’s Library follows an obituary writer investigating the death of an academic. He finds himself pursuing leads that go back to the twelfth century—including the theft of alchemy instruments from the Muslim cartographer and librarian—al-Idrisi.

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

the strange library

Murakami takes readers into a strange new world that tells of the story of a lonely boy, a mysterious girl and a sheep man all trying to escape from a crazy library.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

the historian

The novel intertwines many characters and plotlines—but one that proves particularly interesting is that of the librarian who is trying to prevent research on Dracula.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

the shadown of the wind

In post-war Barcelona, Daniel is initiated into the Cemetery of Forgotten Books—a huge old library. Daniel must choose one book, and guard it with his life. He picks The Shadow of the Wind by Julián Carax and becomes completely engrossed—spending much of the rest of the novel trying to find a trace of other books from the unknown author.

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