National Librarian Day

National Librarian Day is observed annually on April 16th and is a heartfelt thank-you to librarians around the United States. Although some people don’t give think too much about librarians, they perform a very important service. Librarians not only provide customer service and offer suggestions to people who visit the library.

But they also repair, replace and acquire new reading materials, create online databases for easy access to titles for both staff and library users, and research reading trends and popular genres so they can be added to the library. It’s easy to see just how vital librarians are to the library system, and for that, we should all give them heartfelt thanks.

The History Of National Librarian Day

Unfortunately, there is no clear history for this holiday. It’s unknown when it was created or why it was created. We do know that it’s been observed for decades though, so at least that’s something. Anyone who is interested in learning about the origins of this holiday might want to head out to their local library and have a librarian assist them in finding the information they want.

Some Important Facts About Librarians

Below are some interesting facts about Librarians that we would like to now share with everyone. Please check out the following facts as you observe National Librarian Day.

  • The CIA employs librarians and these librarians can earn up to six figures a year.
  • Author Lewis Carroll worked as a librarian.
  • FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover once served as a librarian.
  • At the end of the 19th century, women weren’t employed as librarians because it was felt the job was too intense for them.
  • Over 1.3 billion people visit public libraries every year. So more people visit public libraries than they do movie theaters.
  • By 2026, librarian employment is expected to grow by 9%.
  • Sometimes librarians are tasked with looking over some of the most valuable relics in the world. Such as an original copy of the Bill of Rights.

Observing National Librarian Day

We feel that the best way to observe this holiday is by learning more about the jobs that librarians do and then thanking them for all that hard work all year long. This can be done in person or via the Internet using the hashtag #NationalLibrarianDay.

This is also a good holiday for people to support their local library. After all, if it wasn’t there it would likely leave a large educational gap in the community. And no one wants that.

When is it?
This year (2024)
April 16 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
April 16 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
April 16 Sunday
Education & Reading, Work & Occupation