Libraries & Librarians in Film

Time for a film-related post here on the WSA Library blog, and what better than to look to how libraries & librarians have been represented in film. Turns out that the library is a very popular choice as a film setting, and many films over the years have used it as a location that hints at hidden knowledge, seclusion, mystery and even horror. Here is a selection of images from some of the best scenes set in libraries:


Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)


Ghostbusters (1984)


My Fair Lady (1964)


All the President’s Men (1976)

Whilst libraries in film are often represented positively and much is made of their grandeur and beauty, unfortunately librarians do not always fare so well.  Indeed stereotypes of librarians in popular culture as a whole tend to be quite negative, the most common including librarians being introverted, unattractive, timid, unassertive and clumsy. We can safely say that none of these characteristics apply to any of the library staff at WSA!


It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)