• "The small of libraries is intoxicating. I love wandering through the stacks. A library is a place vibrating with ideas." 

    Nancy Kunhardt Lodge

  • "The library was my favorite place when I was a child. I biked three miles to the nearest branch and rode home with a bike basket full of Alcott, Twain, Steinbeck, and Dickens. Later, I discovered the French and Russians and read my way through Flaubert, Gogol, Dostoyevsky, and Tolstoy, reading efforts that felt akin to climbing a peak in the Sierras and looking down from the heights on the miracles and mysteries of who we are and why we behave the way we do."

    Marylee MacDonald

  • "Libraries are such an important resource for our communities, and librarians help connect us with books that reflect and expand our perspectives."

    Gayle E. Pitman

  • "LIBRARY: Accessible storage for all human knowledge and wisdom."

    John D. Waterman

  • "Libraries have always been a primary source of research for my books. Even in the digital age, the amazing physical finds to be discovered in a library always provide me with new and exciting material."

    Christian Cipollini


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.