Atypical Characters

Let’s face it — most reel librarians are burdened with pretty stereotypical traits! But there are some — usually major characters, with enough screen time to allow viewers to witness more fully rounded characterizations and glimpses of a personal life — that go beyond stereotypes.

Role: Major characters; Portrayals go beyond stereotypical constraints; Usually viewed in a positive light; Almost all female librarians

Age: Variety of ages

Clothing: Usually modern, but not necessarily fashionable

Physical Appearance: Usually attractive; male librarians allowed to be masculine and female librarians allowed to be feminine

Personality: Intelligent; Well-rounded characters with lives outside library


  • Parker Posey in Party Girl (see YouTube video below)
  • Katharine Hepburn in Desk Set (see image above)
  • Helen Mirren in Cal
  • Rene Russo in Major League
  • Rosel Zech in Salmonberries
  • Javier Bardem in Before Night Falls

2 comments on “Atypical Characters

  1. Laura says:

    Cool! I wasn’t actually aware of all of these – stuff to watch! Yay!

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