Posted by: bluesyemre | March 22, 2018

50 of Our Favorite #LibraryQuotes About How Awesome #Libraries Are


  • Literacy is the most basic currency of the knowledge economy. —Barack Obama
  • Libraries are a cornerstone of democracy—where information is free and equally available to everyone. People tend to take that for granted, and they don’t realize what is at stake when that is put at risk.—Carla Hayden

“Harry—I think I’ve just understood something! I’ve got to go to the library!”

And she sprinted away, up the stairs.

“What does she understand?” said Harry distractedly, still looking around, trying to tell where the voice had come from.

“Loads more than I do,” said Ron, shaking his head.

“But why’s she got to go to the library?”

“Because that’s what Hermione does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.”                                  

—J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  • The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man. —T.S. Eliot
  • The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library. —Albert Einstein
  • 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
  • Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation. —Walter Cronkite
  • Civilized nations build libraries; lands that have lost their soul close them down. —Toby Forward
  • Libraries: The medicine chest of the soul. —Library at Thebes, inscription over the door
  • A library is a place where you learn what teachers were afraid to teach you. —Alan M. Dershowitz
  • Libraries are the thin red line between civilization and barbarism. —Neil Gaiman (see more Neil Gaiman quotes about libraries, illustrated!)
  • My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library. —Peter Golkin
  • What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education. —Harold Howe
  • What in the world would we do without our libraries? —Katharine Hepburn
  • You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world! This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have—arm yourselves! —Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who)
  • If your library is not “unsafe,” it probably isn’t doing its job. —John Berry
  • My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library. For an impoverished child whose family could not afford to buy books, the library was the open door to wonder and achievement, and I can never be sufficiently grateful that I had the wit to charge through that door and make the most of it. Now, when I read constantly about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that the door is closing and that American society has found one more way to destroy itself. —Isaac Asimov
  • A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life-raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen instead. —Caitlin Moran
  • A public library is the most democratic thing in the world. What can be found there has undone dictators and tyrants. —Doris Lessing
  • 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
  • I had found my religion: nothing seemed more important to me than a book. I saw the library as a temple. —Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Libraries are a pillar of any society. I believe our lack of attention to funding and caring for them properly in the United States has a direct bearing on problems of literacy, productivity, and our inability to compete in today’s world. Libraries are everyman’s free university. —John Jakes
  • The public library is where place and possibility meet. —Stuart Dybek
  • Paradise will be a kind of library. —Jorge Luis Borges
  • A library could show you everything if you knew where to look. —Pat Conroy
  • A great library contains the diary of the human race. —George Mercer Dawson
  • You build a thousand castles, a thousand sanctuaries, you are nothing; you build a library, you are everything! —Mehmet Murat ildan
  • Public libraries are the sole community centers left in America. The degree to which a branch of the local library is connected to the larger culture is a reflection of the degree to which the community itself is connected to the larger culture. —Russell Banks
  • When I got my library card, that’s when my life began. —Rita Mae Brown
  • Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future. —Ray Bradbury
  • Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries. —Anne Herbert
  • The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community. —Paula Poundstone
  • The most important asset of any library goes home at night—the library staff.—Timothy Healy
  • Libraries always remind me that there are good things in this world. —Lauren Ward
  • Cutting libraries during a recession is like cutting hospitals during a plague. —Eleanor Crumblehulme
  • A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone. —Jo Godwin
  • There is a hunger in this digital age to hear authors together, to participate in programs, to just be in a place, a community space. —Carla Hayden
  • Learned institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind, which is the best security against crafty and dangerous encroachments on the public liberty. —James Madison
  • Librarians are committed to promoting lifelong learning in order to create a community of well-informed individuals. Librarians are catalysts to enlightenment for their communities. —Louise Capizzo
  • At the dawn of the 21st century, where knowledge is literally power, where it unlocks the gates of opportunity and success, we all have responsibilities as parents, as librarians, as educators, as politicians, and as citizens to instill in our children a love of reading so that we can give them a chance to fulfill their dreams. —Barack Obama
  • When I was young, we couldn’t afford much. But, my library card was my key to the world. —John Goodman
  • A library is infinity under a roof. —Gail Carson Levine
  • Had I the power, I would scatter libraries over the whole land, as the sower sows his wheat-field. —Horace Mann, 1883
  • A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life. —Henry Ward Beecher
  • I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles. So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries. —Kurt Vonnegut
  • What is the value of libraries? Through lifelong learning, libraries can and do change lives, a point that cannot be overstated.—Michael E. Gorman
  • The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history. —Carl Thomas Rowan
  • To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul. —Cicero
  • I was made for the library, not the classroom. The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free. —Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The library is an arena of possibility, opening both a window into the soul and a door onto the world. —Rita Dove

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