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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
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 ...more

Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Librarians
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, ...more

Laura Bush is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Librarians
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 ...more

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

Laozi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Laozi was a philosopher and poet of ancient China. He is best known as the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism, but he is also revered as a deity in ...more

Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's ...more

David Hume is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Librarians
David Hume was a Scottish historian, philosopher, economist, diplomat and essayist known today especially for his radical philosophical empiricism and scepticism. In light of Hume's central role ...more

Jorge Luis Borges is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges KBE, was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish language literature. His work embraces the ...more

Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz was a German polymath and philosopher. He occupies a prominent place in the history of mathematics and the history of philosophy. Most scholars believe Leibniz ...more

Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinvi... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville was a French printer and bookseller who lived in Paris. He invented the earliest known sound recording device, the phonautograph, which was ...more

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing was a German writer, philosopher, dramatist, publicist and art critic, and one of the most outstanding representatives of the Enlightenment era. His plays and ...more

Hypatia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Librarians
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 ...more

Eratosthenes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Eratosthenes of Cyrene was a Greek mathematician, geographer, poet, astronomer, and music theorist. He was a man of learning, becoming the chief librarian at the Library of Alexandria. He ...more

Reinaldo Arenas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Reinaldo Arenas was a Cuban poet, novelist, and playwright who despite his early sympathy for Fidel Castro and the 1959 revolution, grew critical of and then rebelled against the Cuban

John Dee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Librarians
John Dee was a mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occult philosopher, imperialist and adviser to Queen Elizabeth I. He devoted much of his life to the study of alchemy, divination and ...more

Audre Lorde is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Librarians
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 ...more

Giacomo Casanova is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Giacomo Girolamo Casanova was an Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice. His autobiography, Histoire de ma vie, is regarded as one of the most authentic sources of the customs ...more

Adolfo Bioy Casares is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Adolfo Bioy Casares was an Argentine fiction writer, journalist, and translator. He was a friend and frequent collaborator with his fellow countryman Jorge Luis Borges, and wrote what many ...more

Mohammad Khatami is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Seyyed Mohammad Khatami is an Iranian scholar, Shia theologian, and Reformist politician. He served as the fifth President of Iran from 2 August 1997 to 3 August 2005. He also served as Iran's ...more

Fremont Rider is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Arthur Fremont Rider was an American writer, poet, editor, inventor, genealogist, and librarian. He studied under Melvil Dewey, of whom he wrote a biography for the ALA. Throughout his life he ...more

Archibald MacLeish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Archibald MacLeish was an American poet, writer, and the Librarian of Congress. He is associated with the Modernist school of poetry. He received three Pulitzer Prizes for his work.

Beverly Cleary is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Librarians
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 ...more

Isadore Gilbert Mudge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Isadore Gilbert Mudge was ranked by the magazine American Libraries as one of the top 100 important leaders that libraries have had in the 20th Century. Mudge was a defining influence on what a ...more

Daniel J. Boorstin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Daniel Joseph Boorstin was an American historian at the University of Chicago, writing on many topics in American history and world history. He was appointed twelfth Librarian of the United ...more

Andre Norton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Andre Alice Norton was an American writer of science fiction and fantasy with some works of historical fiction and contemporary fiction. She wrote primarily under the pen name Andre Norton, but ...more

Jesse Shera is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Jesse Shera Jesse Hauk Shera was an American librarian and information scientist who pioneered the use of information technology in libraries and played a role in the expansion of its use in other areas ...more

Margaret Mahy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Margaret Mahy, ONZ was a New Zealand author of children's and young adult books. Many of her story plots have strong supernatural elements but her writing concentrates on the themes of human ...more

Frances Clarke Sayers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Frances Clarke Sayers was an American children's librarian, author of children's books, and lecturer on children's literature. In 1999, American Libraries named her one of the "100 Most ...more

Sanford Berman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Sanford Berman Sanford Berman is a radical librarian known for promoting alternative viewpoints in librarianship and acting as a pro-active information conduit to other librarians around the world, mostly via ...more

Seymour Lubetzky is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Seymour Lubetzky was a major cataloging theorist and a prominent librarian.

Herbert Putnam is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Librarians
George Herbert Putnam was an American librarian. He was the eighth Librarian of Congress from 1899 to 1939. He implemented his vision of a universal collection with strengths in every language, ...more

Julia Sauer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Julia Sauer Julia L. Sauer is a writer.

Arna Bontemps is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Arnaud "Arna" Wendell Bontemps was an African-American poet, novelist and librarian, and a noted member of the Harlem Renaissance.

Heinrich Loewe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Heinrich Loewe was a German journalist.

Anne Tyler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Anne Tyler is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and literary critic. She has published 20 novels, the best known of which are Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, The ...more

Henry Ellis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Henry Ellis Sir Henry Ellis was an English librarian and antiquarian, for a long period principal librarian at the British Museum.

Philip Larkin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Philip Arthur Larkin, CH, CBE, FRSL was an English poet, novelist, and librarian. His first book of poetry, The North Ship, was published in 1945, followed by two novels, Jill and A Girl in ...more

S. R. Ranganathan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan was a mathematician and librarian from India. His most notable contributions to the field were his five laws of library science and the development of the first ...more

Philip Pullman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Philip Pullman CBE, FRSL is a British writer. He is the author of several best-selling books, most notably the fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials and the fictionalised biography of Jesus, The ...more

Will Durant is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Librarians
William James Durant was an American writer, historian, and philosopher. He is best known for The Story of Civilization, 11 volumes written in collaboration with his wife Ariel Durant and ...more

Linnie Marsh Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Linnie Marsh Wolfe Linnie Marsh Wolfe is a Pulitzer-prize winning writer.

Georges Bataille is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Georges Bataille is a screenwriter.

Joanna Cole is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Joanna Cole, is an American writer of children’s books. She is most famous as the author of The Magic School Bus series. She has written over 250 books ranging from her first book Cockroaches to ...more

Stanley Kunitz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Stanley Jasspon Kunitz was an American poet. He was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress twice, first in 1974 and then again in 2000.

James Theodore Richmond is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Librarians
James Theodore Richmond also known as "Twilight Ted" was an American writer, conservationist, non-denominational preacher, and noted librarian.

Benjamin Peirce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Benjamin Peirce was an American mathematician who taught at Harvard University for approximately 50 years. He made contributions to celestial mechanics, statistics, number theory, algebra, and ...more

Cynthia Rylant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Cynthia Rylant is an American author and librarian. She has written more than 100 children's books, including works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Several of her books have won awards, ...more

Dee Brown is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Dorris Alexander "Dee" Brown was an American novelist and historian. His most famous work, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee details the history American expansionism from a point of view ...more

William Kaye Lamb is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Librarians
William Kaye Lamb, OC FRSC was a Canadian historian, archivist, librarian, and civil servant. Born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Lamb received his B.A. in 1927 and M.A. in 1930 from the ...more

Marcel Duchamp is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Librarians
Marcel Duchamp was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess player, and writer whose work is associated with Dadaism and conceptual art, although careful about his use of the term ...more