List of Famous Librarians

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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 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 ...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