Media & Journalists
American astronomer, Astrophysicist, Cosmologist, Author and Science Communicator
From Unabridged, the newsletter of the Friends of the Folsom Library at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.
American Media Personality and Author
From Footsteps, the newsletter of the Friends of the Auburn (Calif.) Library
"A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas - a place where history comes to life."
American Political Journalist, Author, and Professor
Just Between Friends, newsletter of the Carmel Clay Public Library, IN
"The richest person in the world - in fact, all the riches in the world - couldn't provide you with anything like the endless, incredible loot available at your local library. You can measure the awareness, the breadth and the wisdom of a civilization, a nation, a people by the priority given to preserving these repositories of all that we are, all that we were, or will be. Our libraries are being eroded alarmingly by inflation. It behooves us - all of us - to stop the rot by the application of that prime preserver - money."
Malcom Forbes as quoted in Forbes Magazine, March 22, 1999
"My guess is (it will be) about 300 years until computers are as good as, say, your local reference library in search."
Director of Technology, Google.com.
CBS, CBS Sunday Morning, March 28, 2004.
"For years it was predicted that libraries would become superfluous - mausoleums for books - when so much was available on-line. Instead, library visits now far exceed annual attendance at sporting events, concerts, and museums combined. It turns out that the very electronic revolution that was supposed to make libraries obsolete has made them indispensable."
U.S. News and World Report, July 12, 1999
"In hard times, libraries are more important than ever. Human beings need what books give them better than any other medium. Since ancient nights around prehistoric campfires, we have needed myth. And heroes. And moral tales. And information about the world beyond the nearest mountains or oceans.
Columnist, New York Daily News
New York Daily News, February 25, 2002.
"The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history."
Columnist, Journalist, and Diplomat
Among Friends, newsletter of the Friends of the Detroit Public Library
American Library Association "Libraries Change Lives" Campaign, 1995.