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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
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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 1976. His Marxist-Leninist theories, military strategies and political policies are collectively known as Marxism-Leninism-Maoism or Mao Zedong Thought. Born the son of a wealthy farmer in Shaoshan, Hunan, Mao adopted a Chinese nationalist and anti-imperialist outlook in early life, particularly influenced by the events of the Xinhai Revolution of 1911 and May Fourth Movement of 1919. Mao converted ...more

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Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Librarians
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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 Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia's fire department and a university. Franklin earned the title of "The First American" for his early and indefatigable campaigning for ...more

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Laura Bush is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Librarians
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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 Methodist University in 1968, and went on to get a Masters of Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin. ...more

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Marcel Proust is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Librarians
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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

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