li·​brar·​i·​an | \ lī-ˈbrer-ē-ən , -ˈbre-rē-\

Definition of librarian

: a specialist in the care or management of a library

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from librarian

librarianship \ lī-​ˈbrer-​ē-​ən-​ˌship , -​ˈbre-​rē-​ \ noun

Examples of librarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Additional counselors and librarians are also part of the agreement. Amanda Lee Myers, The Seattle Times, "Los Angeles teachers return to classes after reaching deal," 23 Jan. 2019 The deal includes $403 million to be spent through 2022 to add nurses, counselors and librarians at schools and to reduce class size. Tawnell D. Hobbs, WSJ, "Los Angeles Teachers, School District Announce Deal to End Weeklong Strike," 22 Jan. 2019 Writer Panos Mourdoukoutas seemed to grossly underestimate just how much libraries and librarians provide to the public. Amanda Oliver, Vox, "I’m a librarian. Amazon could never replace what I do.," 26 July 2018 Less than a year later, Gov. Kate Brown ousted State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen, surprising and disappointing Dahlgreen's many supporters among librarians and library supporters. Molly Harbarger,, "Puzzling ouster of Oregon's state librarian follows 1 senator's outrage," 17 Mar. 2018 Cherrie Evans, a 71-year-old Catonsville resident and former Baltimore County librarian, plays the role of Molly Bannaky, Banneker’s grandmother. Cody Boteler,, "Banneker Historical Park and Museum to host annual 'Colonial Market Fair'," 8 June 2018 Contact Jon Andersen, professor of English at; Elkin Esitia-Loaiza, professor of Spanish, at; or M'lyn Hines, reference and instruction librarian, at, for more information. Courant Community, "Community News For The Killingly Edition," 17 Apr. 2018 Created in 1935 as part of the United States Work Progress Administration (originally the Works Progress Administration), the Federal Writers' Project was created to provide employment for historians, teachers, writers and librarians, among others. Kathleen Luppi,, "Pre-Civil War South drama premieres at South Coast Repertory," 5 Apr. 2018 The intent was to help people identify dangerous wallpaper in their homes, not to poison librarians. Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, "Three poisonous books were found in University of Southern Denmark’s library," 10 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'librarian.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of librarian

1702, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about librarian

Dictionary Entries near librarian






library binder

library binding

Statistics for librarian

Last Updated

3 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for librarian

The first known use of librarian was in 1702

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for librarian



English Language Learners Definition of librarian

: a person who works in a library


li·​brar·​i·​an | \ lī-ˈbrer-ē-ən \

Kids Definition of librarian

: a person in charge of a library

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on librarian

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with librarian

Spanish Central: Translation of librarian

Nglish: Translation of librarian for Spanish Speakers

Comments on librarian

What made you want to look up librarian? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


irregularly rounded

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!