A Peek into Library Life

Have you ever wondered what it was like to work in a library? These books and movies will give you a peek into just that!

Librarian Tales: Funny, Strange, and Inspiring Dispatches from the Stacks by William Ottens
Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly of librarian William Ottens’s experience working behind service desks and in the stacks of public libraries, most recently at the Lawrence Public Library in Kansas.

Overdue: Reckoning with the Public Library by Amanda Oliver
Oliver highlights the national problems that have existed in libraries since they were founded: racism, segregation, and economic oppression. Libraries may not save us, but Oliver helps us imagine what might be possible if we stop expecting them to.

You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Libraries! by Fiona Macdonald
Learn how libraries and their collections of written words allow us to check our facts, find important information, share stories, beliefs, and ideas, build communities, make things, and learn valuable life skills.

The Public
When a brutal blast of cold hits Cincinnati, the public library transforms from a safe haven for the homeless into a potential war zone. An eye-opening exploration of the basic values of humanity plays out as the cold rages outside.

La biblioteca en llamas: Historia de un millón de libros quemados y el hombre que encendió la cerilla por Susan Orlean
¿Quién querría quemar una biblioteca? ¿Por qué? La biblioteca en llamas es un homenaje a la lectura y el relato de una periodista obsesionada por encontrar al culpable de un crimen contra la memoria. Una investigación que se extendió más de una década y que a cambio nos revela personajes hilarantes, inverosímiles y tiernos.

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern
People are drawn to libraries for all kinds of reasons. Most come for the books themselves, of course; some come to borrow companionship.

The Man Who Loved Libraries: The Story of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Larsen
Reveals how the Scottish immigrant arrived in the United States at the height of the Industrial Revolution and made his fortune by investing in the railroads before using his wealth to fund over 2,500 public libraries around the world.

Letter to a Future Lover: Marginalia, Errata, Secrets, Inscriptions, and Other Ephemera Found in Libraries by Ander Monson
Readers of physical books leave traces: marginalia, slips of paper, fingerprints, highlighting, inscriptions. Letter to a Future Lover collects several dozen brief pieces written in response to library ephemera.

I Work At A Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks by Gina Sheridan
From a patron’s missing wetsuit to the scent of crab cakes wafting through the stacks, Sheridan showcases the oddities that have come across her circulation desk: encounters with local eccentrics; bizarre reference requests; and heart-warming stories of patrons who roam the stacks every day.

Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian by Scott Douglas
With a keen eye for the absurd and a Kesey-esque cast of characters (witness the librarian who is sure Thomas Pynchon is Julia Roberts’s latest flame), Douglas takes us where few readers have gone before.

Free For All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library by Don Borchert
Don Borchert was a short-order cook, door-to-door salesman, telemarketer, and Christmas-tree-chopper before landing a job in a California library. He never could have predicted his encounters with the colorful kooks, touching adolescents, threatening bullies, and tricksters who fill the pages of this hilarious memoir.