The librarian is one of the most misunderstood figures in pop culture history. The patronizing character John Rothman played in Sophie’s Choice and the “old maid” Donna Reed portrayed in It’s a Wonderful Life are just a few of the negative, unflattering, and downright laughable images of librarians that our society has been inundated with. There are, however, several fine examples of realistic, intelligent, competent, and yes, even sexy librarians in cinema, television, and beyond. We’ve detailed 15 of our favorite fictional librarians, below.
Mary in Party Girl
Eschewing librarian stereotypes is Parker Posey’s party girl Mary who started working at a library to repay a bail loan and wound up falling in love with the profession. She fiercely defends the Dewey Decimal System and ditches the cliché bun and horn-rimmed glasses for a totally ‘90s getup. Daisy von Scherler Mayer’s film treats librarians with respect, and real librarians love it for that reason.