National Library Workers Day: “Libraries Work Because We Do!”

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Courtesy of ALA Allied Professional Association

Today is National Library Workers Day, part of National Book Week. It’s a day to recognize the contributions made by library workers and all they do to keep libraries and library programs running. During the last few weeks, the ALA Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) has been promoting National Library Workers Day (NLWD) by providing a space to recognize stellar library workers, providing NLWD merchandise, giving suggestions for celebrations, and going on a social media blitz with photographs from the ALA Archives of library workers.

Starting on March 17th, the ALA-APA has been posting photographs from the Archives every day to celebrate library workers. These photographs represent a variety of librarians and libraries, depicting action shots of workers at academic, school, public, and special libraries,  along with library events.

The ALA Archives wanted to also share some of our favorite images of library workers.


Getting Acquainted with the Catalog, 1939


Presidio of San Francisco Book Mobile, 1957


Bedside Service of the ALA in U.S. General Hospital No. 1, New York, circa 1918


Story time at the Library of Hawaii, 1940


Knapp School Library Project – Mt. Royal School Library, circa 1965


ALA Archives PARADIGM Demo, 1978

Take some time today to thank your favorite library workers for all of their efforts! Their work, effort, and ideas are what make our libraries the wonderful places they are.

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