• "Libraries have been my home away from home since I was a little girl joining in my local summer reading club. I probably visit my library once a week and when I'm traveling, whether it's here in the U.S. or abroad, I always make a point to stop in the local library and take it all in."

    Cory Martin

  • "I am passionate about literacy programs for young children in underserved communities. Libraries provide these programs and are thus a vital part of our society's ability to provide an opportunity for intellectual growth for everyone, not just an elite few."

    Jo Virden

  • "Libraries act as a place where each of us can consult a collective oracle (books) to aid us on our hero's journey."

    Tony Caligula
  • "Where else but at a library can a person with no money in their pockets walk into a place of quiet and peace, and walk out with something beautiful and borrowed?"

    Don C. Reed

  • "I think the most powerful gift you can give someone is a book. My mother gave me my first book (Horse Of Course) and taught me to read when I was 4. Since then, books have been my must-have source of inspiration, entertainment, and connection with friends. How do I support my book habit? Through my local library - where all the librarians know me and gather up my giant piles of on-hold books as I walk in the front door. Libraries, quite simply, feed me... I could not exist without them."

    Sonia Ellis


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.