The cliché about librarians is that they’re all the shushing, nerdy, stuck up, and stuffy types. People typically don’t think of librarians and consider them comedic geniuses. Well, you’ll be surprised what being surrounded by books all day will do to a person!
Puns, quick wit, and sarcasm are the names of these librarians’ games, and they’re not afraid to pull out all the stops. From humorous signs to virtual theft, these librarians bring sass to a whole new level.
You know, just in case the librarian is off organizing a bookshelf or helping someone else, there is always the self-checkout for those pretentious enough to use it! But, who are we kidding, it’s no surprise that the librarian who made this glorious sign is stellar at wordplay.
They are surrounded by masters of language virtually every day, after all! Well, hopefully, people remember to actually check out their books and not just their next selfie facial expression.
Fact Or Fiction?
We applaud this librarian for calling fictional books “alternative facts.” We mean, how do we know unicorns and fairies aren’t real and living in an alternate world underneath an old wooden bridge?
That’s right; we don’t! And that’s because no one is looking into the alternative fact section of the library! Come on, folks, we need to band together and prove that those facts are real. That’s what this librarian is telling us, right?
Just A Subtle Dino-Level Threat
Well, there is definitely something to be said about a person who gets straight to the point. In this librarian’s case, it’s the point of either you read, or you’re going to be struck by a meteor and cease to exist on planet Earth.
Thankfully, they make it sound like this extinction is going to be on a special case by case basis. So, we’re not all going to be struck down, just those who don’t read. You’ve been warned!
“Oh, Can You Not Reach That?”
Yea, this photo leaves us with more than one comment. First off, we applaud the dedication of the librarian who decided it was necessary to deck out the ledge with “Books for tall people” with not only the banner but also books.
Secondly, what if people were looking for those books and now need to find a ladder to access them? Nothing says payback like a short person scorned by a tall person. And this definitely reeks of some “oh, can you not reach that?” payback.
Silence Is SO Hot And In Right Now
Being silent in the library is the ultimate buzzkill, even if it helps with concentration and all that jazz. But when it’s quiet solely because of an exam period, it really puts a damper on group study sessions. Thankfully, this librarian was able to make silence “hot.”
Thank you, Zoolander, for bringing us Will Ferrell’s Mugato, and to the librarian who made the perfect meme out of him watching a fashion show. You now have our cooperative silence…at least for now.
When The Pun Is The Only Way
Leave it to a librarian to make a vacancy pun to get people to venture into the library. Unlike restaurants, bars, and even hotels, a library always has a place for you! Well, unless you’re banned because you forgot to pay your overdue library book fine.
Otherwise, stroll right on in and find your next favorite author! We know, we know, they’re not talking about people but rather the establishment never having too many books. Just let us have our fun!
Pick A Book, Any Book!
We’re not sure if this is genius or enough to make us want to cry. This jokester obviously has a sick sense of humor when it comes to the Mystery section of the bookstore.
Who else spends enough time between the bookcases to think of such a funny way to display the genre? Walking up to this section only to see the books facing the wrong way is enough to make us have a panic attack, though.
The Moment You’re Lost And See A Book Named After You
If you don’t understand this hilarious duo, then we can’t be friends. But we’ll let you in on the joke so you’re not racking your brain for answers. This, obviously, is a picture of a tiny turtle and the book Donatello.
The title of the book is actually the name of one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. So, we can assume the turtle is strolling toward the book because, duh, it’s named after the character!
This Librarian Has Now Entered The Matrix
Some people might get entranced by the pages of a book, but this librarian got swept away by something else altogether. What other explanation is there to have a gateway to unlimited books unless they opened the Matrix?
We mean, come on, just look in that square. It’s hopeless not to get transfixed on the endless cases and surrounding books. It’s pretty much a book lovers’ ultimate dream, only without the slow-mo and flying bullets.
Panda Or Sleeping Librarian Under A Mask?
As more and more people move to electronic options for their books, public librarians are becoming more and more scarce, kind of like the giant panda. Well, this librarian thought to bring two and two together: wild animals on the endangered species list.
Well, it’s either this librarian has a dark sense of humor, or this panda mask was the first thing they saw when they decided it was time for a nap behind the check-out desk.
The Irony Is Not Lost On This Display
The best thing about this librarian’s display is that no matter how many times someone asks where the books are, they can just refer them to the lovely, sarcastic sign. “Uh, sir, did you not read the sign? It specifically says to be patient.”
Little do the library patrons know, but the librarian is just procrastinating by not putting the books out. If we had to guess, it’s probably that librarian who fell asleep behind the desk with the panda mask on.
Wait…Wait…I Remember. The Cover Is 100% Red
If you’ve ever gone into a bookstore or library with a book in mind but nothing to go off of but the color of the cover, then you’re part of this librarian’s obvious problem. Apparently, one too many people had nothing more than the color to on when asking for a book.
But we do have to say that its amazing how the number of people only remembering the color red was so great that a librarian made a display. Props.
Orange You Glad This Librarian Is Creative
Considering that nothing directly rhymes with orange, it’s good to see someone using the word in another way. In this case, a punny way. We will say that what the librarian lacks in originality, they make up for with their creativity.
Bear with us here. This type of “orange you…” sign has been used in various ways throughout the years, but this librarian went the extra step. They made the entire display solely of orange books!
The Sly Shade Is Real With This Librarian’s Meme
No matter where you are, you really shouldn’t leave your electronics, bags, or anything else unattended. We’re not sure why people think differently when they’re in a library. It’s like, oh, I’m surrounded by books, so all of my stuff is obviously safe.
Well, this librarian had something to say about that mindset. Insert the sarcastic meme that passive-aggressively tells people not to leave their cellphones unattended. Hopefully, this got the message across.
Well, if you don’t want Max the cat in the library, you shouldn’t start by saying he’s nice! People will always allow nice animals into places, even if they’re public. Also, Max probably wouldn’t be too fond of the picture this librarian used.
If he’s a cool cat, then the cartoon used to illustrate him isn’t accurate. Unless this does look like Max, and he’s that upset because he’s being kicked out of the library when all he wants is a book on mice.
This Macbook Owner Has Been Virtually Warned
See, librarians don’t just go around telling people to be quiet in their domain; they also leave passive-aggressive business cards telling you that your very expensive laptop is going to be stolen next time. We’re honestly not sure if this is a threat!
Should this person report this “Queen Mary?” And how is something virtually stolen? There are just so many questions in relation to this business card. Oh, and someone paid for those to be made! That’s commitment.
Genius Organization That Is An OCD Person’s Nightmare
This organizational tactic isn’t horrible unless you’re someone with OCD. Then, this is most likely a nightmare that would have you unable to leave the library until all of the books were facing the correct way.
However, think about it. With the spins of the bottom two shelves facing up, the person browsing the books wouldn’t have to bend down to read the titles. All they would have to do is look down! Sorry, folks, but this is something we can get behind.
Hey, At Least You’ll Have A Book
At least this librarian is honest with their sign. It’s like, hey, guys, I know you’re cold, but come in and grab a book! We know you’ll still be cold, but at least you’ll have some entertainment for your trouble.
But once you have a book, you can go home and get warm. Because what’s better than curling up with a good book on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate? Answer: nothing.
Ding Dong The Witch Is… Buried By A Pile Of Books
If there was ever a way to make books that have fallen on the floor into a cute decoration, this librarian figured it out. Especially if its Halloween, the Wizard of Oz witch is the perfect solution to pesky books that don’t feel like staying on the shelves.
All you have to do is grab a pair of black boots, some striped stockings, some stuffing, and voila! you have a “dead witch” worthy of a library floor.
When Netflix Goes Out, Books Step In
When a natural disaster hits, one can’t be too prepared. And, as it turns out, this librarian is here for those getting ready for a hurricane to hit. If you’re not from a place that gets hit by hurricane season, power outages are very common.
So, what better way to entertain yourself when Netflix isn’t an option than having a nice book to keep you occupied! And, the good news about libraries is that you can check out a bunch of books at once.
Baby Got Books!
Sorry, but you’re a liar if you say Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” didn’t get stuck in your head after reading this librarian’s amazing “I like big books, and I cannot lie” sign. They go all out for this masterpiece, and it is totally on the beat!
That takes a lot of skill and creativity. Not only did they have to figure out words that would go with the lyrics, they actually went out and it embossed on a wooden bookcase!
Be The Bat; You Are The Bat
This librarian knows how to hit it in the soft spot of superhero nerds anywhere. What better way to remind people to bring back their library books than saying the one and only Batman does just that?
Not only are they sending a good message with this sign, but we also appreciate their use of the Batman Returns. We could always use a reminder of how creepy Danny DeVito is as the Penguin in the 1992 flick.
These IT Peeps Mean Business And The Librarian Is Supportive
To say that these IT people mean business would be an understatement. But what we would like to know is how the librarian was okay with putting up this kind of sort of threatening sign?
Not to say we don’t appreciate everyone letting library-goers know to save their work. It’s the tiny “we feed off tears” portion that has us scratching our heads. Hey, at least everyone has a sense of humor. At least, that’s what we’re going with.
Why Go To Redbox When There’s A Readbox?
Now, this librarian knows how to get people’s attention! Why go to a Redbox and pay for a movie when you could go to Readbox and check out a library book for free? Not only that, but you can get more than one book for free!
Look at that, free entertainment that will keep you busy for more than an hour and a half. Dear Mr. or Ms. Librarian, we approve of this message.
Vashta Nerada Free Library
For all those Doctor Who fans out there, you know exactly what this sign is in reference to. The Vashta Nerada are creepy creatures that melt flesh. Thankfully, the Doctor is able to strike a deal with them, and they are sent to live on a planet-sized library.
This librarian is taking measures into their own hands, making sure library-goers know that there are no flesh melting creatures inside. Thank you, librarian, we were concerned.
So, as you can see, obviously, this librarian has their priorities completely in order. Why allow dogs, aside from working dogs, into the library when there are sheep, rabbits, and even evil penguins?
And might we add that we have no idea what an evil penguin is. This librarian really needs some social interaction because it seems like they might be diving a little too deep into the fiction section of the library.
Paul Mc-CART-ney And The DOLLY Llama
Nothing says having too much time on your hands like naming the dolly carts with punny historical figures. Then again, we do have to hand it to this librarian for being very creative with their naming conventions.
It takes a certain kind of mind to name a cart Paul McCARTney and the Dolly Llama. And if you didn’t chuckle at both of those names, you’re either lying or have no sense of humor.
When The Librarian Should Have Gone IntoMarketing
Nothing will make a person more prone to going to the library instead of a bookstore than seeing first-hand the amount of money they’ve saved throughout the year. Take this person, for example.
Checking out five books just saved them $112.89! And they saved over a grand in the past year. Yeah, this librarian is on to something. Maybe they should have gone into marketing and advertising instead of the library sciences.
Banned Books All Wrapped Up For Your Reading Pleasure
If this isn’t a creative way to get people interested in censorship, then we don’t know what is. The fact that this librarian went through the trouble to carefully wrap each of these banned books in a brown bag goes to show how important it is to learn about these titles.
But, they aren’t giving the information away so easily. Kudos to the person who is making people check out the books in order to see what lies underneath the wrapping!
Cover Art Coming To Life In The Creepiest Way Possible
There’s nothing like someone who sees an opportunity and runs with it! This librarian, for example, saw this book cover and went, “Hey, that looks like me!” Literally, her eye, hair, and skin color all perfectly match that of the cover art.
This is one of those instances where we don’t have to shake our head and say, “that was a missed opportunity,” because she absolutely nailed it. Unfortunately, now this creepy image can’t be unseen.