books about library and librarians

If you love books, one of your first memory is probably your local library, the shelves where you got lost and your librarian.

In honour to this great institution and the people that help spread the love for reading, we have selected 9 Best Books about Libraries and Librarians.

Wonderful novels about real story, historical novels and a bit of fantasy.

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9 Best Books about Libraries and Librarians

Best Books about Libraries and Librarians

1. The Personal Librarian

By Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

This historical fiction book is a New York Times Bestseller. The protagonist is a fictionalized version of Belle da Costa Greene, an America librarian who had an impressive knowledge of rare books, she soon became part of New York high society.

But her real name wasn’t Belle da Costa Greene, her father was the first African-American graduated at Harvard University, Richard Greener. She changed her surname to make people believe that her dark compression was due to her Portuguese origin.

This novel by Victoria Christopher Murray and Marie Benedict tells us about Belle’s personal and public life.

2. Librarian Tales: Funny, Strange, and Inspiring Dispatches from the Stacks

By William Ottens

William Ottens is a librarian and in this funny book is uncovering all the strange things happening during his career. Weird questions, things found inside books, what librarians don’t want to hear and more.

3. The Librarian of Auschwitz

By Antonio Iturbe

The incredible real story of Fourteen-year-old Dita Kraus, an Auschwitz prisoner in charge of protecting 8 books that other prisoners had managed to keep from the guards.

She also wrote her powerful autobiography A Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian of Auschwitz.

4. The Library Book

By Susan Orlean

In 1986 a disastrous fire destroyed the Los Angeles Public Library, consuming more than 400.000 books. The fire is still an unsolved mystery. Who set fire to the library, and why?

Susan Orlean, a New Yorker reporter and book lover, starts from this event to remember us the importance of the institution, along with characters from the past and the present.

5. The Librarian Of Basra: A True Story from Iraq

By Jeanette Winter

Another true story, the Librarian Of Basra is the story of Alia Muhammad Baker. With the war coming she fears the destruction of her books.

Illustrated by Jeanette Winter this book is a wonderful choice to teach our children the importance of books.

As Alia said in a New York Times interview “In the Koran, the first thing God said to Muhammad was Read.”

6. The Paris Library: A Novel

By Janet Skelsien Charles

During World War II a group of brave librarians, in particular Odile Souchet, a 20 years old working for the American Library of Paris.

When the Nazis arrive in Paris, Odile and her colleagues worked to save the books that became banned and to bring them to the people prohibited to enter the library because of their heritage.

7. My Librarian is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World

By Margriet Ruurs

When you want a book you go to the library, the book store or you order online. But have you ever asked yourself how the books are delivered in the many countries without this services available?

My Librarian is a Camel, Margriet Ruurs tells us the story of books delivers by donkey, elephants, wheelbarrows and more unusual ways. A celebrations of books, readers and librarians.

8. The Midnight Library: A Novel

By Matt Haig

In this amazing novel, Nora Seed have the chance of changing her life for a new one. There is a library between life and death, every book will give you the chance to try another life.

9. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

By Kim Michele Richardson

Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Pack Horse library service, in this historical fiction novel Kim Michele Richardson follows Cussy Mary, a a packhorse librarian and her quest to bring books to the Appalachian community she loves.

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