• "As a child, I spent large chunks of time in the Whitefish Bay (Wisc.) Public Library, reading, perusing books, and daydreaming. It is no wonder that as an adult and a writer, I bring my laptop and a sandwich to my local Maryland library when I am in need of inspiration and a quiet place to think and dream."

    Michelle Brafman

  • "All libraries are an opportunity to escape but the jail library is an inmate's only escape. A prison library offers the rare moment to reflect or a place to exchange ideas.  Prison libraries are where the words, education, self-respect and identity, can be found and the words, hope and change. In a prison library there is a chance for transformation. A library can be a transformative place but for the incarcerated, the library is their one chance for survival--I've seen it firsthand."

    Marybeth Zeman
  • "My library is the place where I find inspiration, information, and connection with the world - and peace."

    Ruth W. Crocker

  • "A library is the only single place you can go to learn something new, be comforted, terrified, thrilled, saddened, overjoyed, or excited all in one day. And for free."

    Amy Neftzger

  • "In a culture that is increasingly privitized, libraries are among the last free spaces we have left. Public libraries are worth fighting for, and this book is my way of fighting."

    Robert Dawson


Welcome to Library Quotes - a searchable database of quotes about libraries, reading, books, literacy, and more. So many well-known people have articulated their love for the library. This collection of quotes enables libraries and advocates to use those words to help them make the case for libraries in their communities. Explore the links at left to search for quotes, read search tips, learn about ways to use quotes, and find out more information about the partners in this project. For questions or comments about this website, please e-mail united@ala.org.