Out of the Stacks: Fantastical Library Adventures

All libraries are repositories of knowledge and story, but some libraries are secret and the powers of their librarians unique. Discover librarian heroes as well as adventures centered around libraries in these novels.

In The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, all the Library wants is unique versions of books from many worlds. The Library is neutral in the cold war between the Order of Dragon-controlled worlds and the story trope Chaos of Fey-controlled worlds. Irene Winters is a Librarian wielding the Language to change reality and discover each side’s hidden motives in the Invisible Library series.

A literary hero escapes Hell’s Unwritten Wing to find his author in The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackworth, which begins the Hell's Library series. Librarian Claire’s simple book retrieval turns into a dangerous quest for the Devil’s Bible in a world where the dead must choose between a realm of reward or punishment at death. 

In a post-apocalyptic near future, when the U.S. splintered, the rich in Atlanta fled to TechCorps compounds while exploiting everyone else. Nina and her group of mercenary librarians broker artifacts and information to help their neighbors survive. Rogue supersoldiers, the Silver Devils, up the stakes by offering the location of lost Library of Congress Archives. Too good to be true? Find out in Deal With the Devil by Kit Rocha, which starts the Mercenary Librarians series.

Graduate student Zachary Rawlins inexplicably finds a story of his childhood in a rare book. He follows clues to a subterranean library protected by those who sacrifice sight and voice. Zachary and his new companions must defend the magical library against those who would destroy it in The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

University students fleeing Nanking, China as the Japanese invade in 1937 are entrusted with an ancient collection of myths. Student Hu Lian discovers that fellow traveler Sparrow is one of the ancient guardian spirits of China as life changes forever in The Library of Legends by Janie Chang.

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