READ List of Famous Librarians

18.8k views 447 items Embed

List of famous librarians, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top librarians in the world? This includes the most prominent librarians, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable librarians is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic librarians were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned librarians.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including Mao Zedong and Benjamin Franklin.

From reputable, prominent, and well known librarians to the lesser known librarians of today, these are some of the best professionals in the librarian field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous librarians ever?" and "What are the names of famous librarians?" then you're in the right place. (447 items)
Mao Zedong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Photo: Freebase/Public domain

Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese Communist revolutionary and the founding father of the People's Republic of China, which he governed as Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949 until his death in ...more

Age: Died at 83 (1893-1976)

Birthplace: Shaoshan, China

Profession: Librarian, Politician

Also Ranked

#66 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#67 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#13 on The Most Influential People of the Cold War

see more on Mao Zedong
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Photo: Freebase/Public domain

Benjamin Franklin FRS was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American ...more

Age: Died at 84 (1706-1790)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Statesman, Librarian, Politician, Diplomat, Musician, + more

Also Ranked

#1 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#47 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#9 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

#2 on The Best American Founding Fathers

see more on Benjamin Franklin
Laura Bush is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Photo: Valentina Petrov/Shutterstock

Laura Bush is the wife of the forty third President of the United States George W. Bush and the incumbent First Lady of the United States. Born in 1946 in Midland, Texas, Mrs. Bush always had an active interest in books and education. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Education from Southern ...more

Age: 70

Birthplace: Midland, Texas, USA

Profession: Librarian, Author, Teacher

Credits: The Gettysburg Address^! 30 for 30 Shorts^! Face the Nation^! Today

Also Ranked

#76 on The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

#68 on The Most Powerful Women In The World

#8 on The Most Loved American First Ladies

#2 on U.S. First Ladies That Are Probably Smarter Than Their Husbands

see more on Laura Bush
Marcel Proust is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Photo: Freebase/Public domain

Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu, published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest authors of all time. ...more

Age: Died at 51 (1871-1922)

Birthplace: Auteuil-Neuilly-Passy

Profession: Librarian, Novelist, Essayist, Writer, Critic

Credits: Marcel Proust's Time Regained, Swann in Love, The Captive, À la recherche du temps perdu

Also Ranked

#48 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#7 on The Best Gay Authors

#4 on The Best Jewish Authors

#18 on The Best French Authors

see more on Marcel Proust