47+ of Your Favorite Books About Libraries

Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

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The only thing better than books? Bookish books. You know what I mean: books about the power of reading, books set in bookstores, books set in libraries and about librarians and their adventures. In that spirit, we wanted to know: what are your favorite books about or featuring libraries?

You answered the call and now we’ve got a nice reading list for you. Here are 47+ of your favorite books about libraries and librarians. Some are real, some are fantastic, and all are delightfully good reads:


Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

“All Souls” Trilogy by Deb Harkness

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians by Carla D. Morris

Dewey by Vicki Myron

Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books by Nicholas A. Basbanes

HELP! I’m a Prisoner in the Library! by Eth Clifford

Here Lies The Librarian by Richard Peck

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The House of Paper by Carlos Maria Dominguez

I Work at a Public Library by Gina Sheridan

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke 

The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick

Libraries in the Ancient World by Lionel Casson

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

The Library Book by Rebecca Gray

The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel

Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

“Libriomancer” series by Jim Hines

Lirael by Garth Nix

Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase by Louise Walters

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Parnassians on Wheels by Christopher Morley

Patience and Fortitude by Nicholas Basbanes

Possession by A.S. Byatt

The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson

The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

Rain Village by Carolyn Turgeon

Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian by Avi Steinberg

Salamander by Thomas Wharton

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

Tam Lin by Pamela Dean

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

This Book Is Overdue by Marilyn Johnson

Unshelved by Gene Ambaum & Bill Barnes

Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin

The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne