Library

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Office: 8:30–4:30 M–F. Branch hours vary.

703-324-3100
TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 324
Fairfax, VA 22035

Jessica Hudson,
Director

Famous Library Quotes

The only thing that you absolutely have to know,
is the location of the library.
—Albert Einstein

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
—Marcus Tullius Cicero

Yo, que me figuraba el Paraíso / Bajo la especie de una biblioteca.
I have always imagined Paradise as a kind of library.
—Jorge Luis Borges, from Dreamtigers

You see, I don't believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, that has been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians.
―Graham Chapman

The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man.
—T.S. Eliot

I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure.
—Virginia Woolf

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.
—Walter Cronkite

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

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
—Henry Ward Beecher

A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.
—Andrew Carnegie

Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.
—Neil Gaiman

When in doubt, go to the library.
—J.K. Rowling, from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future. Just ask Ray Bradbury.
—Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, from Beautiful Creatures

A library is a miracle. A place where you can learn just about anything, for free. A place where your mind can come alive.
—Josh Hanagarne, from The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family

One can never have too many librarian friends.
—Jennifer Chiaverini, from The Wedding Quilt

Good librarians are natural intelligence operatives. They possess all of the skills and characteristics required for that work: curiosity, wide-ranging knowledge, good memories, organization and analytical aptitude, and discretion.
—Marilyn Johnson, from This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All

Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.
—Sarah J. Maas, from Throne of Glass

When the going gets tough, the tough get a librarian.
—Joan Bauer, from Best Foot Forward

I don't think I'll be able to help you find that.
—No librarian, ever.