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Library Books

OK, yes, all of our books are library books. But these library books are also set in libraries! September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, so what better time to visit the real library and use your library card to read about a fictional library?

The book of form and emptiness
The book of form and emptiness
by Ruth Ozeki

When he begins hearing voices one year after his father's death, 13-year-old Benny Oh, seeking refuge in the library, meets a colorful cast of characters, including his very own Book, a talking thing, who narrates Benny's life and teaches him to listen to the things that truly matter.
Death overdue
Death overdue
by Allison Brook

Carrie Singleton is just about done with Clover Ridge, Connecticut. Then she's offered a job as the head of programs and events at the local library-- which comes complete with its own ghost. Her first major event is a program presented by retired homicide detective Al Buckley, who claims he knows who murdered Laura Foster, a much-loved part-time library aide who was bludgeoned to death fifteen years earlier. As he invites members of the audience to share stories about Laura, he suddenly keels over and dies. He was poisoned-- and Carrie feels responsible. She's convinced he was murdered by the same man who killed Laura all those years ago. Luckily for Carrie, she has a friendly, knowledgeable ghost by her side.
The Dark Library
The Dark Library
by Cyrille Martinez
 
Libraries are magical places. But what if they're even more magical than we know? The Dark Library is a theoretical fiction, a meditation on what libraries mean in our digital world. Has the act of reading changed? What is a reader? A book? Martinez, a librarian himself, has written a love letter to the urban forest of the dark, wild library, where ideas and stories roam free.
The invisible library
The invisible library
by Genevieve Cogman

An undercover librarian who works for an occult organization that collects books from different realities must determine what happened to a particularly dangerous book that has been stolen and becomes mired in a mystery infused with peril and conflicting clues. 
The keeper of hidden books : a novel
The keeper of hidden books : a novel
by Madeline Martin

As bombs rain down on Warsaw and Hitler's forces surround the city, childhood friends Marta and Janina join the war effort using one of the only weapons that still feel safe to them: literature, fighting to preserve their culture and community and finding hope in each other in order to survive.
The last heir to Blackwood Library
The last heir to Blackwood Library
by Hester Fox

With the stroke of a pen, twenty-three-year-old Ivy Radcliffe becomes Lady Hayworth, owner of a sprawling estate on the Yorkshire moors. Ivy has never heard of Blackwood Abbey, or of the ancient bloodline from which she's descended. With nothing to keepher in London since losing her brother in the Great War, she warily makes her way to her new home. The abbey is foreboding, the servants reserved and suspicious. But there is a treasure waiting behind locked doors: a magnificent library. Rumors swirl in the village about the abbey's previous owners, about ghosts and curses, and an enigmatic manuscript at the center of it all. And as events grow more sinister, it will be up to Ivy to uncover the library's mysteries in order to reclaim her own story--before it vanishes forever.
The last chance library
The last chance library
by Freya Sampson

When her library is threatened with closure, June Hones, to save the place and the books that mean so much to her, must make some changes to her solitary life by opening her heart to the world around her and fighting for what she believes in.
The lending library 
The lending library 
by Aliza Fogelson

When the Chatsworth library closes indefinitely, small-town art teacher Dodie Fairisle turns her sunroom into her very own little lending library, which leads to both new friendships and romance, as well as an unexpected chance to realize her secret dream of motherhood. 
The library at Mount Char
The library at Mount Char
by Scott Hawkins

After she and a dozen other children found them being raised by "Father," a cruel man with mysterious powers, Carolyn and her "siblings" begin to think he might be God; so when he dies, they square off against each other to determine who will inherit his library, which they believe holds the power to all Creation.
The library of lost and found
The library of lost and found
by Phaedra Patrick

A shy librarian whose kind heart is often exploited receives a mysterious book of fairy tales from the beloved grandmother she believed dead and embarks on a perspective-changing journey of astonishing family secrets.
The library of the unwritten
The library of the unwritten
by A. J. Hackwith

Assigned to watch the restless characters of books left unfinished by their authors, a head librarian of Hell’s neutral Unwritten Wing tracks an escaped Hero before an angel attack reveals the existence of a powerful literary weapon. 
The lions of Fifth Avenue : a novel
The lions of Fifth Avenue : a novel
by Fiona Davis

A New York Public Library superintendent's wife reevaluates her priorities upon joining a woman's suffrage group in 1913, decades before her granddaughter's efforts to save an exhibit expose tragic family secrets.  
The little village of book lovers : a novel
The little village of book lovers : a novel
by Nina George

Traveling the region of Nyons with her foster father's mobile library in 1960s France, Marie-Jeanne, who has a special gift for matchmaking, brings soulmates together each place they go, but is unable to find one for herself, wondering when Love will finally come to her.
The midnight library
The midnight library
by Matt Haig

Nora Seed finds herself faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, or realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist, she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.
Murder at the 42nd Street library  : A Mystery
Murder at the 42nd Street library  : A Mystery
by Cornelius Lehane

Investigating a murder in the iconic, beaux-arts flagship of the New York Public Library, crime fiction curator Ray Ambler teams up with NYPD homicide detective Mike Cosgrove to uncover disturbing relationships between a celebrated mystery writer, his missing daughter, a society woman and one of Ambler's colleagues.
The war librarian
The war librarian
by Addison Armstrong

In this dual-timeline historical novel—two women, a volunteer librarian on the frontlines of France during World War I and a woman accepted into the first coed class at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1976—face insurmountable odds as they contend with secrets that could be their undoing. 
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