Episode 9: Shhh ... libraries in popular culture

Good Librations Podcast episode 9

Shhh ... in this episode we check out (see what I did there?) some of the most recognisable libraries and librarians from history and popular culture.

From The Great Library of Alexandria to an iconic 80s jump-scare, come into the stacks with us as we investigate why libraries are still so popular, and so important.




Shelf-absorbed (books we reviewed)

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Three Birds Renovations by Bonnie, Erin and Lana


Book lovers Emily Henry    Three Birds Renovations                 



I just can't help my-shelf (more please)

Books/written works:

  • Illuminae
  • Discworld



  • Ghostbusters
  • The Mummy
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Saturday Night Live
  • UHF
  • Game of Thrones
  • Harry Potter
  • Beauty & the Beast
  • Matilda
  • Doctor Who
  • The Librarian
  • Sandman
  • Dr Strange
  • The Time Traveller’s Wife

Notable people and places:

  • Mao Zedong
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Lewis Carroll
  • Casanova
  • Eratosthenes
  • The Library of Alexandria
  • The Library of Congress
  • James Madison
  • Lizzo
  • Al-Qarawiyyin Library
  • Fatima al-Fehri
  • Carla Hayden

Shelf-obsessed (further reading)

  • The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis
  • The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentil
  • Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
  • The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
  • The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth
  • Citizen Kane