Thursday, January 15, 2015

Fan Favorite Libraries and Librarians

We've seen some real, awesome libraries, thought about our own libraries, but what are some of our favorite genre librarians and libraries?

Rupert Giles, Buffy

Really, as if I could start any list of librarians without featuring the best librarian/mentor ever, Giles. First of all, he has a library equipped with knowledge of every supernatural baddie that Buffy and the Scoobies faced. Sure, it might take them awhile to find the right book (we all know that problem, am I right?) but they get there eventually. Equipped with a sardonic wit, paternal nature, and wisdom gained from a life of both power and regret, Giles is a big part of why Buffy was able to survive for so many seasons.

He can sing, too.

The Librarians

Sara and Megan have raved about this series, so this group has a mention on this list. I haven't started watching yet, but something tells me I'm going to like this show.

Evelyn Carnahan, The Mummy

I have to appreciate anyone who drunkenly and proudly proclaims that they are a librarian. Evy starts out with a sense of adventure and tons of book smarts. By the second movie, she kicks major ass both intellectually and physically. I think that if someone told me that I couldn't read from a book or horrible things would happen, that I too would unleash a nearly unstoppable mummy. Gotta love a girl who HAS to read new, unique books.

NY Circulating Material Repository, Grimm Legacy

In this excellent Young Adult adventure, Elizabeth gets a job at the New York Circulating Material Repository, a mundane name for a lending library of unusual, magical objects. She is drawn into the Grimm Legacy, a collection of fairytale artifacts. Also mentioned is the Wells Bequest, full of sci fi objects (and the subject of the sequel.) I have extreme envy for the fictional part-time jobs of these fictional characters.

Hogwarts Library, Harry Potter

Admittedly, the restricted section is more than a bit scary. However, I'm pretty sure I could live in the Hogwarts library. All the magic and history, this muggle would be in heaven. I can deal with nearly headless ghosts, the occasional Dementor, and constant threats from He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

Beast's Library, Beauty and the Beast

If I admit that I saw the library scene in Beauty and the Beast and thought that it was worth the imprisonment and living with animated furniture, does that make me a bad person?
from Paul Kidby

The Librarian, Discworld

The Librarian turned himself into an orangutan due to an errant spell and never tried to change it. With an impressively good reach and extreme climbing skills, why would he? He's still one of the most rational inhabitants of the Unseen University, and I think it's because he surrounds himself with books instead of the other crazy wizards.

Also, the Hogfather still gives him presents. Books do a person, or ape, good.

Isaac Vainio, Libriomancer

As a libriomancer in Jim C. Hines Magic Ex Libris series, Isaac makes magic from popular books. It really is a book nerd's dream job, right?

Any librarians or libraries you would add to the list?

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  1. The Cheshire Cat as the librarian in the Thursday Next novels is awesome.

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