Movies to Celebrate National Library Week

Just in time for National Library Week, the Emilio Estevez film The Public is out today, taking on the important question of what role libraries play in our communities and who we serve.

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Librarians have a long history as heroes—did you know Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl, had a doctorate and was the head of  Gotham City Public Library?! Let’s celebrate all our superstars at the library with a few more films.

The classic romantic comedy Desk Set stars Katherine Hepburn as business librarian Bunny Watson and Spencer Tracy as the computer expert who's been sent in to automate her work. Sparks fly as Bunny is convinced her job is in jeopardy, but she can’t help falling for the funny, charming man who may be the end of her department!

Rachel Weisz stars as Evelyn, a librarian fascinated with Egypt and longing to find the mythical city Hamunaptra, in The Mummy. Rick O’Connell, an American adventurer, promises to help her find it and discover its riches. Along the way they accidentally release a long-dead Egyptian priest and race against time to stop him from resurrecting an army of the dead.

Remember the nightmares of being at work naked? This happens to Henry on a regular basis at the Newberry Library in The Time Traveler's Wife. As well as being a librarian, he's also a time-traveler who constantly shifts back and forth in time and space. This complicates his marriage with Clare, who isn't sure when she'll see him again. The film and the book it's based on explore the nature of love and time.

Based on Noah Wyle's original TV movie The Librarian, the recent TV series The Librarians stars four strangers who are recruited to work for the mysterious library that houses all sorts of supernatural objects and has doorways through space and time. Get started with The Librarians: Season One.

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