Books Set in Libraries #NationalLibraryWeek #WhatsOnYourBookshelfChallenge #WOYBS

For #NationalLibraryWeek I’m shining a spotlight on amazing books I’ve read set in libraries or stories featuring librarians.

Books Set in Libraries

(and books about librarians)

National Library Week 2023

Do you have a library card? Do you have more than one?
Do you have fond childhood memories of bringing home a stack of books from the library every few weeks?

As a child, did you participate in a summer reading program at your local library?
Have you taken your own children or grandchildren to story time at the library?
Have you ever gone to the library for quiet reading, writing, or study time?
Have you attended a book club at your library?
Is your library card one of the prized possessions in your wallet?
Did you use your library more or less during the Pandemic?
What percentage of the books you read every year are from the library?


Even though I’ve switched over to reading digitally, I consider myself a heavy library user. In fact, over 50% of the books I read in a year are from the library.

The BEST feature of using your library’s digital lending app (like Libby) is that there are NO library fines because the book automatically disappears (is returned) on the due date.

Another benefit is that you can link up multiple library cards. I have two library cards linked, one for my local library and one for my county library.

Do you borrow books physically or digitally from your library?

pulling a shelf of library books

Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore, achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life.
~Sidney Sheldon

***Titles are links to my reviews or Amazon affiliate links.

(In no particular order)

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (and the sequel, The Book Woman’s Daughter) by Kim Michele Richardson

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson (cover)

The Book Woman's Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson (cover) Image: old work boots sit atop a stack of books

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonia Iturbe (cover)

What You Wish For by Katherine Center


The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams (cover) white text overe a graphic image of scattered open books

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson

The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson (cover) Image: white block text on a blue background....the letters represent three bookshelves holding books and scenes from the library

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

The Library Book by Susan Orlean (cover) Image: Gold lettering on a red background

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles (cover) Image: a woman sits on a wall with her back to the camera overlooking the Eiffel Tower in the distance

The Night of Many Endings by Melissa Payne

The Night of Many Endings by Melissa Payne (cover) white text over a background of shelved books

The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis (cover) Image: a woman in a yellow dress stands with an open book inside a large museum type room

Daughters of Nantucket by Julie Gerstenblatt

Daughters of Nantucket

The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson

The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson (cover) Image: a young woman in a white blouse and red skirt sits on a cabinet top surrounded by books and bookshelves


What book do I need to add to this list? What is your favorite “set in a library’ read?
I have an entirely different list of books set in book shops!

 I’m linking up with Deb @ Deb’s World and Sue @ Women Living Well After 50, Donna @ Retirement Reflections, and Jo @ And Anyways…. for the April installment of #WhatsOnYourBookShelfChallenge.

Whats On Your Bookshelf Challenge

Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.” ~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.” ~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.” ~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text

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  1. The only title I know of is The Library Book by Susan Orlean which my husband bought for me as a Christmas present (not yet read).

    I’m a big fan of the public library system, ever since I got my first card when I was about 8. I had a voracious reading appetite which our little library kept fuelled right up to the point when I left town for university.

    There is barely a week goes by without a visit to the county library either to pick up a reservation or just to browse.

  2. I love the library and like you, Carol, have a card for the city library and the county library. I probably use more it more for digital reading and audiobooks than actual books, but I still pop in and pick up a physical book every now and then. In fact, I have 3 books right now. I think I have read all but 5 of these books. Great post!

    • Thanks Carla! I haven’t read a physical book from the library in some time, but I do take my grandson! I like just being there!

      • Every now and then there is a book I want to read that is not available in ebook or audiobook. It gives me a reason to go in.

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