Welcome to my page of quotations about library cards. My wallet is rather thick owing to the five public library cards that live in it, from my own city — Phoenix — and four surrounding cities in the Valley of the Sun. Public libraries rock, and I’m a proud card-carrying member!
Happiness is having your own library card! ~Charles Schulz, Peanuts, 1963 [Sally
The three most important documents a free society gives are a birth certificate, a passport and a library card. ~E. L. Doctorow, 1994
A library card is the most important school supply of all. ~American Library Association, 1980s
As soon as she can write her name, get her a library card. ~Erma Bombeck & Billings S. Fuess, Jr., “How to encourage your child to read,” 1984, from Power of the Printed Word advertising campaign by Ogilvy & Mather for International Paper Company
The librarian now stepped up to me, and demanded whether I had a card of admission. At first I did not comprehend him, but I soon found that the library was a kind of literary “preserve,” subject to game laws, and that no one must presume to hunt there without special license and permission. In a word, I stood convicted of being an arrant poacher, and was glad to make a precipitate retreat, lest I should have a whole pack of authors let loose upon me. ~Washington Irving, “The Art of Book Making,” The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., 1819
A picture’s worth a thousand words? A library card’s worth millions. ~Roy Blount Jr., as quoted by The New York Public Library, 2012
Walking down the third aisle of the stack beneath tin-shaded lightbulbs, smelling the familiar library scents of must and dust and cinnamony, aging paper, he thought: When I die, I guess I’ll go with a library card in one hand and an OVERDUE stamp in the other. Well, maybe there’s worse ways. ~Stephen King, It, 1986
Having fun isn’t hard
When you’ve got a library card.
~Joe Fallon & Ken Scarborough, “Library Card,” Marc Brown’s Arthur, “Arthur’s Almost Live Not Real Music Festival,” 1998 [S3, E11B]
When I got the library card, that was when my life began. ~Rita Mae Brown
A library card is good to have, you can never have too much ID. ~Stephen King, “Everything’s Eventual,” 1997
Is the picture window in your wallet being used to display a library card, while your driver’s license stays tucked away in a pocket of lesser importance? ~GoComics.com, “A Uniquely Portable Magic,” 2015
Ever since we had arrived in the United States, my classmates kept asking me about magic carpets. “They don’t exist,” I always said. I was wrong. Magic carpets do exist, but they are called library cards. ~Firoozeh Dumas, Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad, 2008
Being the evil Undead wasn’t fun anymore. For one thing, was increasingly hard to get a library card. ~Sharon Ashwood, Ravenous: The Dark Forgotten, 2009
I filled out an application for a library card… One thing for sure; when I get my own library card, I’ll never leave home without it! ~Charles Schulz, Peanuts, 1979 [Peppermint Patty
The world is a global campus… you’d better believe it. The American Express card has replaced the library pass. ~David Lodge, Small World: An Academic Romance, 1984
A library card is a credit card. ~La Loria Konata
Tess: Jeri, if you find something you want, I’ll get you your very own library card.
Jeri: Gold or platinum?
~Allison Barrows, PreTeena, 2002
Look! A library card! I’ve taken out a library card! I have been given my citizenship in the Land of Knowledge! ~Charles Schulz, Peanuts, 1960 [Linus
Librarians might just have the best jobs ever. With each library card they hand out, they offer a ticket to strange and marvelous worlds. ~Kimberly Long Cockroft, “Author’s Note,” Reading Beauty, 2018
A library card is the start of a lifelong adventure. ~Lilian Jackson Braun (1913–2011)
When I was young we couldn’t afford much but my library card was my key to the world. Have fun. Read! ~John Goodman, autographed photo contributed to the American Library Association for its Libraries Change Lives campaign, 1995
With a library card you can book a trip around the world and beyond without ever leaving home. ~Terri Guillemets, “Pages of life,” 2003
We’d move into a small town and the first thing we’d do is join a local Baptist church. The second was to go to the library and get our library cards and check out all the books we were allowed. ~John Grisham, as quoted in Garrison Keillor, “The Writer’s Almanac,” 2008 February 8th
Our libraries are community treasure chests, loaded with a wealth of information available to everyone, equally. And the key to that treasure chest is a library card… Like many librarians, I have found the most valuable item in my wallet to be my library card. ~Laura Bush, remarks for the National Library Week celebration and the American Library Association’s “@ Your Library” event, as delivered at Northeast Branch Public Library, Washington, D.C., 2001 April 3rd [a little altered
Rather than buying books, a man might save himself hundreds of dollars, not to say thousands, with a subscriber’s card to a circulating library, or if his city or town maintains a public library he may spare himself even that expense. ~John Kendrick Bangs, The Idiot at Home, 1900 [a little altered
That little piece of plastic
sitting on my shelf,
helps me learn
about so many things,
all by myself!
~Marissa Stroo, age 8, Margaret Mead Elementary School, submitted by Redmond Library (Washington), in School Library Journal, 1987
Let us toast to animal pleasures, to escapism, to rain on the roof and instant coffee, to unemployment insurance and library cards, to absinthe and good-hearted landlords, to music and warm bodies and contraceptives… and to the “good life,” whatever it is and wherever it happens to be. Let us strip to the ankles and revel in everything sensual: let us laugh at the world as it looks at itself through mushroom-cloudy glasses. ~Hunter S. Thompson, letter to Sally Williams, 1958 January 17th, New York
She claimed my face was so easy to read that it could have a library card. ~V.C. Andrews, Delia’s Gift, 2009
Lucy: What in the world is so great about having a library card?
Linus: It’s what it stands for! They trust me! They’re honoring my desire for knowledge with their trust! In return I’m showing my faith in their library by reading their books… it’s a common bond of trust…
Lucy: You haven’t got a library card… you’ve got a treaty!
~Charles Schulz, Peanuts, 1960
Linus: Just think, Charlie Brown… my own library card!
Charlie Brown: I hope you make good use of it by taking out all the books you can read.
Linus: I suppose that would be more practical… I was thinking of having it framed!
~Charles Schulz, Peanuts, 1960
the miracle of a library card
to study, oh, you know,
fill in the blank… anything
~Terri Guillemets, “Endless knowledge,” 2016, blackout poetry created from Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning… The campaign started in 1987 as a response to then Secretary of Education William Bennett, who stated, “Let’s have a campaign… Every child should obtain a library card and use it.” ~American Library Association, 2007 [Bennett quotation below
Youngsters need ready access to books… it is of critical importance that girls and boys acquire the habit of reading. School libraries should find children reading biographies and histories and novels and science fiction — not simply looking for a fugitive fact or random quotation. The librarian should be an integral part of the instructional staff… And children should belong to the public library. There is one within striking distance of practically everybody. Let’s have a national campaign: By the end of the 1986–87 school year, every child should obtain a library card — and use it. ~William J. Bennett, U.S. Secretary of Education, First Lessons: A Report on Elementary Education in America, 1986
Want more stories than the Empire State Building®? #GetALibraryCard
Want to reach higher than the Statue of Liberty? #GetALibraryCard
Want to be brighter than Times Square? #GetALibraryCard
~The New York Public Library, Library Card Sign-Up Month signs at the Morgan Stanley building, New York City, September 2019
Every application for registration shall contain the full name and address of the applicant, the grounds for registration, and an agreement to obey and be bound by the rules of the Library. As soon as the registration clerk upon examination is satisfied that any applicant is entitled to registration he shall be registered and shall receive a Library Card, good for two years. In order to borrow a book, the Library Card must be presented to the attendant in charge, together with a Call-slip on which is written the number of the book desired. A Library Card shall ordinarily entitle the holder to have but two books out of the Library at the same time borrowed for home use. No work of fiction or book for the young, published within one year shall be retained by the borrower for more than seven days, and no other book for more than fourteen days. No extension of time will be granted. Any officer, in his discretion, may refuse to issue to a person under the age of twenty-one years, books of a character not suited for circulation among youth. Any person who detains a volume beyond the time for which it is lent shall pay a fine of two cents for each and every day of such detention, and three cents for each notice of such sent by post. For every two weeks, such person shall pay an additional fine of twenty-five cents. ~Rules and Regulations of the Public Library of the City of Boston, October 1896 [Paraphrased. This is the first instance I’ve been able to find of a publication referencing the term “library card” in the context of a membership card. Other terms used were subscription card, library pass, borrower’s card, etc.
Moon, the stars,
a beer in my hand,
and my library card —
Yes! and chocolates.
~Terri Guillemets, “All I need,” 2014, blackout poetry created from Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996
No man has ever put his hand up a woman’s dress looking for a library card. ~Joan Rivers, on The Tonight Show, to Johnny Carson, 1986 April 25th
Just because the [f*@%ᖇ]’s got a library card doesn’t make him Yoda. ~Andrew Kevin Walker, Se7en, 1995 [David Mills
Library Card Quotations
Original post date: 2019 April 12
1st major revision: 2019 Sept 24