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Best Fictional Libraries and Librarians

Did you know that February is International Library Lovers Month and that February 14 is Library Lovers day? Here are some of our favourite fictional libraries (and some of the librarians!)

The public library in Matilda by Roald Dahl

“Over the next few afternoons Mrs. Phelps could hardly take her eyes from the small girl sitting for hour after hour in the big chair at the far end of the room with the book on her lap. It was necessary to rest it on the lap because it was too heavy for her to hold up, which meant she had to sit leaning forward in order to read.”

 Belle’s library in Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont

“The next room was a library, and she saw everything she had ever wanted to read, as well as everything she had read, and it seemed to her that a whole lifetime would not be enough to even read the names of the books, there were so many.” 

 The Erudite library in Divergent by Veronica Roth

“The room is huge, silent, and smells like dust-covered pages. The wood-paneled floor creaks beneath my feet. Bookcases line the walls on either side of me, but they seem to be decorative more than anything, because computers occupy the tables in the center of the room, and no one is reading.”

The Sunnydale High School Library in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

It’s got everything from Mark Twain to the supernatural, is the meeting headquarters for the Buffy crew and it’s on top of Hellmouth. And of course you have Giles! Our favourite fictional librarian? I think so.

The Hogwarts library from the Harry Potter series

And then, of course, there was the sheer size of the library; tens of thousands of books; thousands of shelves; hundreds of narrow rows.

Although the librarian Madame Pince is rather severe, there are tens of thousands of books! And of course you can sneak into the Resticted Section if you are wearing you invisibility cloak!

So make sure you give your library some love in February – and every month for that matter!



Erudites are snobs... Matilda is such a great reader, I wish I was like her. The Hogwarts library is so big. Also I hate to be that person, but,

And of course you can sneak into the Resticted Section if you are wearing youyour invisibility cloak!

14th Feb, 19

The Library from The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman. The Librarians there sneak into alternate worlds to steal their books. Best fictional job for a bookworm

22nd Feb, 19