Last updated 5 August 2011
I have retired from the Library, so this site is no longer being maintained.
The "librarian stereotype" has long been the focus of articles, letters, workshops, conversations, and possibly even dreams and nightmares, but analyses have usually been based on limited personal experience with a small number of examples, whether books, television programs, or in this case, commercial motion pictures.
Is the meek spinster with her hair in a bun (such as Donna Reed in It's a Wonderful Life or Hilda Plowright in Philadelphia Story) more or less common than the young, innocent blonde (such as Carole Lombard in No Man of Her Own or Goldie Hawn in Foul Play)? Are male librarians more often like the surly John Rothman in Sophie's Choice, the reclusive Jason Robards in Something Wicked This Way Comes, or the lecherous Peter Sellers in Only Two Can Play?
Questions such as these cannot be answered with confidence until we have a better grasp of the overall picture (so to speak...). This filmography is an ongoing attempt to expand our collective memory, to find a more comprehensive and defensible basis for our acceptance or rejection of the "typical movie librarian" – whatever we think he or she is. It lists about 550 Hollywood (and a few foreign) productions that in some significant or memorable way include a library or librarian.
The films fall into four groups.
I welcome additions, corrections and comments for all the films listed here, especially for those whose descriptions are incomplete. Many of the films in the A Group need to be reviewed again to see exactly what the librarian says or does. Several of those in the B Group need fuller reviews. Some films may need to be shifted from one group to another as more information is uncovered. And I really want to eliminate Group D.
This is a task impossible for one person to complete. But working together, like the four capable (non-stereotypical?) research librarians in Desk Set we can do it.
Send your contributions to Martin Raish
This site has been translated into Belorussian. Here is the link. http://onlinecasinospotlight.com/web/introduction-be