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[lahy-brair-ee-uh n] /laɪˈbrɛər i ən/
a person trained in library science and engaged in library service.
a person in charge of a library, especially the chief administrative officer of a library.
a person who is in charge of any specialized body of literature, as a collection of musical scores.
Origin of librarian
1660-70; libr(ary) + -arian
Related forms
sublibrarian, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for librarian
  • Ask the librarian how to get these books for you if they are not in your library.
  • Visit the library and ask a librarian, not a student worker.
  • As a librarian, anytime people can engage information it is a benefit for science.
  • It was so bad that the school librarian even called in my parents to express concern over my reading habits.
  • My vocabulary was laced with three-syllable words, and the local librarian was a good friend.
  • The bearded librarian has regained his composure and returned to work.
  • Before she was married, she worked as a governess and a librarian.
  • librarian sends debt collectors after an eight-year-old with overdue books.
  • Her reply included a copy of a letter from a librarian who had asked her to speak with a book group.
  • Resentment of the librarian would only make sense if the copy scanned was a unique copy in the world.
British Dictionary definitions for librarian


a person in charge of or assisting in a library
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for librarian

"custodian of a library," 1713; see library + -an. Earlier form was library-keeper (1640s), and librarian was used earlier in a sense "scribe" (1660s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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