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List of famous female librarians, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female librarians list contains the most prominent and top females known for being librarians. There are thousand of females working as librarians in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic librarians have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a librarian then the people below should give you inspiration.

List people include Hypatia of Alexandria, Laura Bush and many more.

While this isn't a list of all female librarians, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female librarians?" and "Who are the best female librarians?"
Laura Bush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Librarians
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Laura Lane Welch Bush (born November 4, 1946) is an American educator who was First Lady of the United States during the presidency of her husband, George W. Bush, from 2001 to 2009. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Education from Southern Methodist University in 1968, and went on to get a Masters of Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 72

Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States of America

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Hypatia is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Librarians
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Hypatia was a Greek mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher in Egypt, then a part of the Byzantine Empire. She was the head of the Neoplatonic school at Alexandria, where she taught philosophy and astronomy. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 65 (350-415)

Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt

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Audre Lorde is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Librarians
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Audre Lorde was a Caribbean-American writer, radical feminist, womanist, lesbian, and civil rights activist. Lorde served as an inspiration to women worldwide, one of her most notable efforts being her activist work with Afro-German women in the 1980s. Her identity as a black lesbian gave her work a novel perspective and put her in a unique position to speak on issues surrounding civil rights, feminism, and oppression. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 58 (1934-1992)

Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York

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Beverly Cleary is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Librarians
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Beverly Cleary is an American author of more than 30 books for young adults and children. One of America's most successful writers of children's literature, she has sold 91 million copies of her books worldwide. Some of her best-known characters are Henry Huggins, Ribsy, Beatrice Quimby, her sister Ramona Quimby, and Ralph S. Mouse. She won the 1981 National Book Award for Ramona and Her Mother and the 1984 Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw. For her lifetime contributions to American literature Cleary has received the National Medal of Arts, recognition as a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the children's librarians. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 102

Birthplace: McMinnville, Oregon

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