For centuries, librarians have served as keepers of knowledge, helping people access the information they need to learn and create. Some of history’s greatest thinkers also served as librarians themselves, from award-winning authors to the inventor of calculus.
Here are a few famous people you might not know were librarians:
Audre Lordetrained as a librarian in the early 1960s. She worked at both Mount Vernon Public Library and Town School Library in New York City.
Beverly Clearyworked as a children’s librarian in Yakima, WA. She also served as post librarian at the U.S. Army Hospital in Oakland, CA for five years.
Jorge Luis Borgesfrequently appear in his short stories and poems.
David Humespent time as a librarian to the Edinburgh Faculty of Advocates; he used the law library’s extensive collections to write his six-volume bestseller The History of England.
Lewis Carrollwhere many of his manuscripts are now held today.
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnizserved as the librarian for Duke Johann Friedrich of Brunswick in 17th-century Hanover.
Madeleine L’Engleserved as the librarian for New York City’s Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine for more than 40 years.
Giacomo Casanovacareer in libraries. In the late 18th century, he served as librarian for Count von Waldstein in Bohemia.
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