15 inspirational library quotes for the summer

Victor_Hugo_by_Étienne_Carjat_1876_-_fullHere are a few inspirational quotes for the summer holidays from both library leaders and the famous.

  1. “A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.” Germaine Greer
  2. “An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them.” Stephen Fry
  3. “Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.” Sidney Sheldon
  4. “Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.” Walter Cronkite
  5. “Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.” Anne Herbert
  6. “What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education.” Harold Howe
  7. “The health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested how well we support our libraries.” Carl Sagan
  8. “A great library is one nobody notices because it is always there, and always has what people need.” Vicki Myron
  9. “Great libraries have always looked to both the future and the past.” Laura Shapiro
  10. “To ask why we need libraries at all, when there is so much information available elsewhere, is about as sensible as asking if roadmaps are necessary now that there are so many roads.” Jon Bing
  11. “Our traditional model was one in which we thought of the user in the life of the library … but we are now increasingly thinking about the library in the life of the user.” Lorcan Dempsey
  12. “We are coming out of a period of let a thousand flowers bloom, which has been amazing … since the network really got stable and got out there to scholars to the way they do their work and communicate their work.” Clifford A Lynch
  13. “A library implies an act of faith.” Victor Hugo
  14. We are going to see a lot more collaboration and joint work among groups of libraries. … We are going to see a lot more emphasis in scale and integration between systems.” Clifford A Lynch
  15. “To be a librarian is not to be neutral, or passive, or waiting for a question. It is to be a radical positive change agent within your community.” R. David Lankes

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