The HLS 2013 Librarian Gift Guide

We thought it would be fun to put together a gift guide for library students. In fact, it inspired us to create our own Hack Library School Pinterest account where you will find this entire guide plus more under the Librarian Gift Guide board. See anything you like? Have other recommendations? Let us know and have a wonderful holiday!

Stocking Stuffers:

Bookmarks! I especially love the Book Darts from Schoolhouse Electric, but the Ruby Slippers bookmark from Etsy store kiranichols is a fun option.

Jane Austen or Shakespearean Insult bandages.

Giant bookworm microbe for your favorite bookworm


Out of Print is your one-stop shop for literary-themed shirts, sweaters, jewelry, tote bags, phone cases, notebooks, and more. They focus on classic book covers and I can attest to the quality of their products. Highly recommended and suitable for he, she, or kids!

The Love Your Librarian line from Etsy shop AlisonRose is amazing. You can purchase t-shirts for both men and women or a tote.

The Meet Me at the Library t-shirt from Etsy shop abjectbirth is another great option to show off your library pride. It’s available in heather gray or tan. (Ladies, fair warning, it does run small)

What could be more charming than an I Am Mr. Darcy t-shirt from Etsy shop Brookish? By the way – this shop has tons of Pride and Prejudice items.

Perhaps this Real Men Love Cats (yes, they do) t-shirt from Etsy shop RCTees?

Did anyone else decide to be a librarian when they were five after watching Beauty and the Beast? If so, Etsy shop GoFollowRabbits makes the perfect skirt for you.


Wannabe Miss Elizabeth Bennetts will fall for this lovely Pride and Prejudice scarf from the Smithsonian Institute.

Gents will rock this Dictionary Page bow tie from Etsy shop DPDomesticities.

The Great Gatsby cufflinks Etsy shop from Bookity will keep you looking sharp.

I’m not much of a cook but I know I would rock the kitchen if I had an apron from HauteMessThreads. Personally I love the Star Trek TNG apron, but if Harry Potter, Star Wars, Marvel, or Disney is more of your thing, this shop has you covered.


I’m sure we all have a few reads on our holiday wish list, but here are a few options you may want to consider.

I’m making it a mission to collect Penguin hardcover classics and I’d love to start with Homer’s Odyssey. I admire the simple yet elegant design.

The Atlas of New Librarianship by R. David Lankes looks is a must read for library students and new professionals.

Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines is a perfect gift for bibliophiles who also love art.

I’ve heard great things about Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career by Susanne Markgren and Tiffany Eatman Allen.


The Pride and Prejudice board game. Yes, it exists.

Mugs. There are so many cute library-themed mugs out there, but I am partial to this one by Etsy shop kadarut.

The Botticino Marble Coasters (in multi) at Anthropologie are swoon-worthy.

Ideal Bookshelf makes the best book prints. You can select a curated theme, like fantasy or young adult, or request your own custom design based on your favorite reads.

Make your house smell like your favorite author with the Paddywax Library candle series.


BookBook makes amazing vintage-inspired leather cases for Macs and iPads. They recently came out with the BookBook Travel Journal which has room for your iPad (though I’m sure you can fit other tablets), power adapter, cables, and more. The perfect conference accessory!

Notecards make wonderful gifts and, bonus!, work well for thank-you notes after interviews. The Penguin Book Cover set has an amazing variety while the Jane Austen set features sentiments from the author herself.

Other ideas?

INALJ publishes an annual gift guide called For Librarians, Buy Librarians.

Gift Ideas for the Librarian in Your Life by Sarah Roark Schott.

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