Even though libraries are citadels of silence, guarding humanity's best thoughts, it doesn't mean that humor is forbidden there. To prove that a giggle can easily accompany a pleasant read, Bored Panda has collected a list of some of the funniest examples of librarian humor.

From mocking impossible visitor requests to motivating students, these creative solutions definitely got everyone's attention. Scroll down to check out why you should go the library more often and upvote the entries you like best!

#1

Sometimes I Wear My Panda Hat To Work. This Is What It Looks Like To Everyone Walking Into The Library

Sometimes I Wear My Panda Hat To Work. This Is What It Looks Like To Everyone Walking Into The Library

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Miss Cris
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3 years ago

Great!!!!

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#2

When Libraries Troll Their Patrons

When Libraries Troll Their Patrons

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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

I would LOL.. but library..

Tamara Laney
Community Member
3 years ago

LVQ! (Laughing Very Quietly)

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Marie-Louise Chenois
Community Member
3 years ago

"I want a book. I don't remember the name of the author or the editor, but i know it was about history, it looked cool. Can you get it for me please?"

Agnew Dellinger
Community Member
3 years ago

"You know the one.. this guy likes this girl.. she wear a hat"...

Paul Ramos
Community Member
3 years ago

When I worked at Barnes & Noble I would get that kind of question from customers ALL THE TIME.

Russell Waters
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep, I worked at a bookstore too, and it’s a familiar story. “I’m looking for a book; I can’t remember the title or who wrote it, but it’s blue...”

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The Cappy
Community Member
3 years ago

Hmmm.... no it wasn't one of those... what else did you have?

varwenea
Community Member
3 years ago

They need a sign like this for various colors. Tehe

Caroline Driver
Community Member
3 years ago

This is also true of bookshops, this really happens, and they expect you to know what it was, and to have it right there and then

Amy Tilling
Community Member
3 years ago

But there is nothing better than the feeling of handing them the book that they have given you 2-3 obscure/generic bits of information on! E.g. I think it has a donut on the cover... (One of the easier ones!)

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Ender Newfie
Community Member
3 years ago

My school library does something like this. "I don't remember the title but there was a girl in a dress on the cover." And many many more....

Bella Smith
Community Member
3 years ago

laughing so hard I love reading and used to while in uni work part-time as a librarian and this was very common

Janina Prado
Community Member
3 years ago

This happens outside of libraries and bookstores. Friend: "you know that book. It has to do with this guy and he kills people. Or something like that." Me: "0_o" Friend: "I know you know what I'm talking about." Me: "I'm not playing charades without the hand movements."

Heidrance
Community Member
3 years ago

i enjoyed perfect little world....

Kristin Haskins
Community Member
3 years ago

I am happy, AND impressed!

Pat Hege
Community Member
3 years ago

LOL

Ishy Christine Degyansky
Community Member
1 year ago

YES!!! I've gotten this sooo many times! Or, the cover was blue and it had a lady on it!! hahaha!

Kikka io
Community Member
3 years ago

they do not matter what they contain, they just fit on the shelves

Kathy Tubby
Community Member
3 years ago

Ha ha!

Mary Sauers
Community Member
3 years ago

Love it! I did a table like this once--one side was blue books, the other side green books.

E
Community Member
3 years ago

Mao, obviously Mao.

Tecolote
Community Member
3 years ago

I did a similar display at the last library I worked at except mine was "but the cover was blue." Lots of patrons got a kick out of it, and some of the books actually were checked out. I was just thinking I should do this again soon - maybe with yellow this time :).

Lira Mai
Community Member
3 years ago

that's how i describe the book that i was reading, "i don't remember the title but the color is black, don't remember the author either. but it's all about a....."

Ashley Fernandes
Community Member
3 years ago

As someone who worked in a bookstore I can't tell you how amazing this is. We used to get questions all the time....it was blue....and like 2 years ago it was on this table here. FML.

Maria Ofar
Community Member
3 years ago

how is this a troll? i need to find the Blue stand....

Beverly Parker
Community Member
3 years ago

... and it had a horse on it.

Linda Christian
Community Member
3 years ago

I read (red) all of these!

Roger Hawcroft
Community Member
3 years ago

What a sensitive and humorous way to get the message across to patrons. I wish I'd thought of it or come across it 20 years ago. A1 for thinking outside the box.

Yaya Sophie
Community Member
3 years ago

This would sooooo help me!

Julie Lynn
Community Member
3 years ago

I am cracking up!!!! This is hilarious!!!!!!!!! Two thumbs UP!!!!

Brindusa-Katalin Poenaru
Community Member
3 years ago

It happens almost every day ;)

Kc Nordquist
Community Member
3 years ago

This happens at book stores too. Argh.

Anxious Monster
Community Member
3 years ago

Actually thats probably a bit helpful..lol

Adam Hills
Community Member
3 years ago

This is really really really funny!

mindfkr
Community Member
3 years ago

I'd consider this "helping"...

Phoebe Bean
Community Member
3 years ago

This is brilliant!!

Jean Schweibish
Community Member
3 years ago

An old library joke that works in bookstores too.

Alex Craig
Community Member
3 years ago

Brilliant!

Pangesti Novi
Community Member
3 years ago

hillariousss idea....

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
3 years ago

We get that at Barnes & Noble, too.

Amy John
Community Member
3 years ago

Sadly, this is such a true thing people ask for...

Kiki
Community Member
3 years ago

I at least try to give a fairly decent summary of books I'm looking for but I can't always find them even online. I'm currently been looking for a book series about cheerleaders but the only thing I can remember about it is this one cheerleader gives up cheering to take ballet with a new girl. It mentioned a giant frozen yogurt sundae called a strawberry mountain and one of the ballet moves is called "picking cherries". Sound familiar?

Brandi Alcock-Allen
Community Member
3 years ago

I worked at a chain bookstore for 4 years - this was at least 1/2 the requests.

Barbara Stewart
Community Member
3 years ago

Glad to know it's just not me.

Pat Lukes
Community Member
3 years ago

OK...have my own admission. After many years of not going to a library, it was in the mid-90's when I walked into our local library and asked where the card catalogues were. I will be OK if you all publicly humiliate me. I own it. lol

Amy Tilling
Community Member
3 years ago

What is a card catalogue? No public humiliation just not sure we had them where I live...

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Radu Zaciu
Community Member
3 years ago

It was Orhan Pamuk

Radu Zaciu
Community Member
3 years ago

It was orhan Pamuk!

Rafaella Bueno
Community Member
3 years ago

this is actually pretty useful, though. A lot of people remember the books like that.

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#3

This Was At My College Library Entrance

This Was At My College Library Entrance

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Shirin Kamer
Community Member
3 years ago

Ha ha ha yes Thank goodness Thesaurus survived.

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#4

My Local Library

My Local Library

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Katnip WickerBasket
Community Member
3 years ago

Hahaha best one yet

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#5

"Please Do Not Let In The Cat"

"Please Do Not Let In The Cat"

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Hari Onago
Community Member
3 years ago

A cat's gotta do what a cat's gotta do.

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#6

My School Library Knows What's Up

My School Library Knows What's Up

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

Batman has his own bloody library.... so.... yeah.

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#7

Every Year My School's Librarian Dresses Up As A Book Reaper To Collect Overdue Books

Every Year My School's Librarian Dresses Up As A Book Reaper To Collect Overdue Books

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

That's awesome!

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#8

Mystery Indeed

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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

Ahh. Well played..

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#9

Librarian Humor

Librarian Humor

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Steve Bowman
Community Member
3 years ago

That librarian is a few "nana"s short of Batman.

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#10

My Local Library Is Taking People's Mugshot

My Local Library Is Taking People's Mugshot

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

Cute!

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#11

I Went To The Library, Accidentally Ended Up In Intersteller...

I Went To The Library, Accidentally Ended Up In Intersteller...

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Joanna Huang
Community Member
3 years ago

It's like when you put two mirrors face to face

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#12

My Town's Public Library Has A Clever Blizzard Solution

My Town's Public Library Has A Clever Blizzard Solution

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Hari Onago
Community Member
3 years ago

Unless you burn the books, but don't do that kids.

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#13

My Local Library Has This Sign On Their Dropoff Slot

My Local Library Has This Sign On Their Dropoff Slot

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

Maybe Kieth shouldn't keep his lunch in the book drop.

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#14

Who Ever Said Librarians Don't Have A Sense Of Humor?!

Who Ever Said Librarians Don't Have A Sense Of Humor?!

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
3 years ago

The section Donald Trump frequents

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#15

I Am Glad To Know That I Am Safe In My Universities Library

I Am Glad To Know That I Am Safe In My Universities Library

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Kjorn
Community Member
3 years ago

just for mess with people add another sheet with 1 days without an attack

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#16

This Librarian Is Brilliant

This Librarian Is Brilliant

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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

Baby Got Books.. by Sir Reads a lot!

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#17

We Found This Beautiful Wooden Writing Desk In The Newbold College Library, Opened The Drawer, And Found This Message

We Found This Beautiful Wooden Writing Desk In The Newbold College Library, Opened The Drawer, And Found This Message

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Molly Tallmadge
Community Member
3 years ago

MORE UPVOTES

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#18

My University Library, Ladies And Gentlemen

My University Library, Ladies And Gentlemen

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Celestial Lynx
Community Member
3 years ago

Ah ha. Ha. Ha.

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#19

Saw This In My School Library

Saw This In My School Library

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Daniel Mallory
Community Member
3 years ago

what

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#20

My Wife Is A High School Librarian And One Of Her Students Lost A Turtle In The Library Earlier In The Week. Today He Was Found. She Swears This Picture Wasn't Staged. Is This Awesome Or Is My Wife A Liar?

My Wife Is A High School Librarian And One Of Her Students Lost A Turtle In The Library Earlier In The Week. Today He Was Found. She Swears This Picture Wasn't Staged. Is This Awesome Or Is My Wife A Liar?

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Jade Lorreni
Community Member
3 years ago

Dont get it

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#21

I Love My Local Library

I Love My Local Library

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Celestial Lynx
Community Member
3 years ago

Books are the strongholds of knowledge— knowledge is the best weapon one can have T^T

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#22

Well Played Library Well Played

Well Played Library Well Played

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ItsYaBoi
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't get it

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#23

Library Pun

Library Pun

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caleb
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3 years ago

hehe i love puns

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#24

I Was Studying In The Library When My Phone Rang. Returned After A Few Minutes.

I Was Studying In The Library When My Phone Rang. Returned After A Few Minutes.

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ItsYaBoi
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3 years ago

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Don't get it

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#25

In My School's Library

In My School's Library

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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

No Mercy! #WWE

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#26

My Library Trolled The Blue Cover People

My Library Trolled The Blue Cover People

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Jessica Stohr
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3 years ago

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It's only funny to the librarians!

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#27

Ran Across This In My Local Library

Ran Across This In My Local Library

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BREAK YOUr perceptions
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3 years ago

no it isnt, there just isnt enough of them yet. #theyareeverywhere

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#28

My Library PSA

My Library PSA

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So_cat Socrate
Community Member
3 years ago

Sad but true advice...

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#29

The Librarians Are Making This Joke

The Librarians Are Making This Joke

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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

Shaun the Sheep is there.

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#30

This Is On A School Library

This Is On A School Library

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Jasper Cobalt
Community Member
3 years ago

Ok this is hilarious

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