Librarians in the Movies

by Michelle C.

February is Library Lovers’ Month and what better way to celebrate than to watch a movie where a librarian saves the day? Well, I suppose you could read a book where a librarian saves the day. Or you could show some Library Love by sharing a story of what you love most about the library. But I digress.

Movies that feature libraries and librarians often fall into the realm of the stereotypical with shushing, hair buns, thick-rimmed glasses, and dusty old tomes. I’ll never forget my horror when I first watched It’s a Wonderful Life and realized that George felt he had to save Mary from a nightmarish alternative future in which she becomes a librarian. She should be so lucky! Other movies turn the stereotype on its head by showing that librarians can be strong, courageous, funny (and sometimes even male!). Some of my favorites include:

 The Mummy: Set in the 1920s, adventurer Rick leads Librarian Evelyn and her brother Jonathan to mysterious Hamunaptra. While Jonathan is keen on finding the legendary Egyptian treasures, Evelyn wants to search for the Book of the Living, which would clarify a lot in historical knowledge about the ancient Egyptians. Unfortunately, they free Imhotep’s mummy from his eternal prison.

 Real Murders: Aurora, a librarian, finds a member of her crime buff group, the Real Murders Club, killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss. As other brutal ‘copycat’ killings follow, Aurora will have to uncover the person behind the terrifying game. Based off the Aurora Teagarden series by Charlaine Harris.

 Storm Center: A librarian, played by Bette Davis, is branded a communist when she refuses to remove a book called The Communist Dream from the public library when the city council tells her to do so. The reaction of the town people is mixed until the librarian refuses to stand up for herself and the tide turns against her. Based on a true story.

What are some of your favorite librarian movies?

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6 responses to “Librarians in the Movies”

  1. Liz K says:

    Party Girl starring Parker Posey! Sadly, we do not have it in the collection anymore. It is so wonderfully ’90s!

  2. Michelle C. says:

    Liz, I’ve always wanted to watch Party Girl but I never have. I just put in a request to see if Sno-Isle will buy it.

  3. Amy says:

    Desk Set with Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey! Also not in the collection but such a classic.

  4. Michelle C. says:

    Amy, I love that movie! I wanted to add it to the list but also saw that it was not in the collection. I placed a request for Sno-Isle to purchase a copy.

  5. Jackie Parker says:

    We can’t actually be a library without Desk Set. Seriously.

    I love Hepburn & Tracy.

  6. Stacey says:

    Something Wicked This Way Comes by
    Ray Bradbury
    The town librarian, Charles Holloway stands up to the evil Mr. Dark.

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