• "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

  • "Libraries are the reason I'm a writer today. I spent hours after school at my local library, poring over books and doing research. About what? Anything I wanted! That was just the point. I knew that someday I wanted to see my books on those shelves."

    Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

  • "Libraries are a refuge away from the world where you can go and research or read in a quiet place. I love to go and check out old books and sit in a corner and read for a few hours. I feel so refreshed afterwards."

    Cathy A. Kurtz

  • "Libraries are the foundation for learning."

    Mark Davis

  • "My earliest book memories began in the 1940s when my mother took me to the small Flushing Library near the Long Island Railroad station. What joy there was, selecting an armful of books to take home. That was the beginning of my love of reading."

    Alice Simpson


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.