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Libraries & Librarians in Film

From ghosts to party girls, librarians in movies have been portrayed as all kinds of characters. Check out these movies featuring libraries, librarians, and bookstores.

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Desk Set

Sparks fly when a productivity manager, Spencer Tracy, is brought in to evaluate Katherine Hepburn's TV research department as a candidate for computerization. This required viewing for librarians combines sparkling Tracy-Hepburn romance with a still surprisingly relevant examination of the value of information professionals in a computer age.

DVD, 1957

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Party Girl

Parker Posey stars as a broke NYC party girl who gets a job at her godmother's library and decides to master the Dewey Decimal System and become a great library clerk. A cute cult classic that librarians champion as evidence that being a great librarian doesn't mean you can't be fun & fashionable too!

DVD, 1995

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The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

A librarian as you've never seen one before! Noah Wyle take a job as "The Librarian" only to discover that it involves maintaining such top-secret treasures as Excalibur and Pandora's Box and saving them from the clutches of evil-doers.

DVD, 2005

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The Mummy

A 1920s adventurer played by Brendan Fraser seeks legendary Egyptian treasures, but unintentionally frees a mummy who wants to rule the world. In the film, Rachel Weisz's Egyptologist proudly proclaims, 'Look, I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure-seeker, or a gunfighter, but I am proud of what I am. I ... am a librarian!'

DVD, 1999

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The Day After Tomorrow

When global warming triggers the onset of a new Ice Age, tornadoes flatten Los Angeles, a tidal wave engulfs New York City and the entire Northern Hemisphere begins to freeze solid. Climatologist Jack Hall sets off to rescue his son Sam, who has taken refuge with a small band of survivors inside the New York Public Library.

DVD, 2004

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Foul Play

A shy San Francisco librarian (Goldie Hawn) and a bumbling cop (Chevy Chase) fall in love as they solve a crime involving albinos, dwarves, and the Catholic Church.

DVD, 1978

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Ghostbusters

Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson fight paranormal beings in New York. But we all know the real star is the librarian ghost shushing them from beyond the grave in the movie's first scene.

DVD, 1984

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The Breakfast Club

The classic 1980's John Hughes film features five high school students - a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal - spend a day in detention in their school library learning more about each other and themselves.

DVD, 1985

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

While searching for the Holy Grail, classic hero Indiana Jones finds a secret entrance to an underground passage inside a library in Venice. The soundtrack is available on hoopla.

DVD, 1989

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You've Got Mail

A superstore book chain magnate and a cozy children's bookshop owner are anonymous e-mail cyberpals who fall head-over-laptops in love, unaware they are combative business rivals. The Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan romance is delightful, and the rivalry between corporate vs. independent bookstores is just as relevant today. Also, listen to the movie's soundtrack on hoopla!

DVD, 1999

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Major League

A ragtag group of has-beens and never-will-bes try to turn the Cleveland Indians into a pennant-winning baseball team. The star catcher also attempts to woo back his former love interest who is a librarian.

DVD, 1989