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->"'''''QUIET!!!!''' This is a LIBRARY!!''"
-->-- '''Ms. Hushbaum''', ''Series/AllThat''

Unsuspecting students will enter the library, in order to talk to friends, goof off, and (possibly) study. However, these kids will soon fall victim to... the Scary Librarian.

The Scary Librarian will [[BerserkButton freak out]] if you talk in the library, fail to return a book on time, or, God forbid, spill something on it. They'll shush you at the slightest noise, and occasionally [[HypocriticalHumor will start screaming]]. Needless to say, if you make them mad, don't expect any help with your research paper.

The Scary Librarian will, of course, move without making noise themselves, and can [[StealthHiBye appear from nowhere]] if you're up to trouble.

Sometimes coincides with MagicLibrarian. Compare SadistTeacher, BadassBookworm. Contrast HotLibrarian. See also SpookySilentLibrary.



%%[[folder:Card Games]]
%%* The Phyrexian Librarian from the tongue-in-cheek Unhinged set of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''.
%%* Hilde, the queen librarian in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius: The Works''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A 1970-era ''ComicBook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'' comic had Fat Freddy rushing off to the university to join in student revolution - which for him meant liberating 'f**k books' from the library. He encounters a seriously ScaryLibrarian who sends him running off in full-tilt terror.
* ''ComicBook/ThePowerpuffGirls'' story "The Purple Pages Of Peril" (DC run, issue #60) had a beloved retiring librarian being replaced with an uptight and anal librarian. When kids stop coming to the library because of him, the guy turns into a purple-clad "superhero" and begins physically collecting things and placing them in alphabetical piles.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Mentioned once in ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty''... bearing an axe about the size of Milo. Actually a bit of a RunningGag: Blinky's Anxiety Closet occasionally reveals he ''still'' hadn't returned that overdue copy of ''Literature/GreenEggsAndHam''... with the AxCrazy librarian showing up to note how many days overdue it is. Every revisit (into the ''Outland'' and ''Opus'' sequels) has the day count go up.
* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin was once horrified at the thought of having not returned a library book on time, expecting the librarians to break his knees or something. After learning that he would simply receive a small fine, he noted to himself that he naturally expected the consequences to be more severe simply from the looks the librarians give him.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The librarian in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' has tentacles, can grow to an incredible height, and will throw anyone who annoys her out the window. Fortunately, she's quite slow and has poor eyesight.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''[[RealTrailerFakeMovie Conan The Librarian]]'', from Music/WeirdAlYankovic's ''Film/{{UHF}}''.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' opens with a genuinely alarming spectral librarian, who at first appears to be a homely old woman (who responds with a "Shhh!" when they try to speak to her), but who [[GameFace turns scary and horrific when they make a rush at her]]. The [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame 2009 video game]] makes her surprisingly sympathetic: [[spoiler:she was seduced and murdered by a man who would later become Azetlor the Collector, the true "boss" of the Public Library.]]
%%* It could have been much worse: do an image search on the movie ''Film/FrightNight1985'' to see the ghost they rejected for being too hideous.
%%* ''Film/TheLibrarian'' had one in the character of Charlene.
* Wong in ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'' guards the library of an order of sorcerers; given [[TomeOfEldritchLore the kind of books]] on their shelves, he takes the job very seriously.

* Madame Pince, from the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books. Being a witch, she doesn't even need to be in the same room as you -- start drawing in the margins and the book will come alive and attack you. Creator/JKRowling once said in an interview that the Hogwarts library had to have one of these since a nice, helpful librarian would resolve plots too quickly. She also apologized to all librarians for this portrayal.
* ''Literature/JacobTwoTwo'' has ''[[GratuitousNinja ninja librarians]]''. They're very personable, but will ''hunt you down'' if you have overdue books.
* While generally friendly unless called a [[BerserkButton monkey]], the Librarian of Unseen University in Literature/{{Discworld}} is a human wizard transformed into an orangutan (still a wizard by courtesy), who is noted to be very successful at his job, as a single display of his fangs ensures that books will be returned on time (and woe betide the student who returns them in damaged condition!) Being able to climb the shelves without a stepladder and sort and stack books with his feet doesn't exactly hurt. According to the ''Unseen University Diary'', if you damage a book, you should immediately inform the Dean, who will arrange for you to be smuggled out of the building to start a new life under an assumed name on the other side of the continent. The Librarian isn't terribly keen on people ''reading'' books; he thinks they belong on shelves, and reading them wears out the words.
* "The Library Policeman" from Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/FourPastMidnight'' has Ardelia Lortz, a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent more-different-than-most vampire]] with insectlike attributes who [[EmotionEater feeds on the terror of children]]. The titular Library Policeman is some kind of servant or familiar who takes a form resembling [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil the man who molested the protagonist as a child]].
* Philip K. Dick's ''Counter-Clock World'' has a really scary librarian, in a future where libraries don't store books, but destroy them.
* Steven Piziks wrote two stories ("[[http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Hoard Hoard]]" and "A Quiet Knight's Reading") about a librarian who's actually a shapeshifted ''dragon'' (the books were originally her hoard). Thieves can expect to be eaten.
* In the ''Literature/OldKingdom'' series, the Librarians of the Clayr protect several examples of SealedEvilInACan, which they defend with swords. The head librarian's sword was called [[{{Pun}} Binder]].
* [[spoiler:Jorge of Burgos]] in ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'', although not the official librarian, defends the Library with rather ''odd'' methods...
* ''[[Literature/AlcatrazSeries Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians]]'' - The second book takes it UpToEleven with scary undead soul stealing librarians.
* One of the {{Literature/Goosebumps}} books [[http://www.bloggerbeware.com/2006/07/08-girl-who-cried-monster.html had a librarian who was a literal monster]]. Although, [[spoiler:since it is revealed in the twist ending that everyone is a monster, and the librarian gets eaten by the main character's parents,]] this might be an inversion.
* The children's book ''The Librarian From The Black Lagoon'', which is part of a series. The kids think she's scary and does horrifying things, but in the end, it's subverted, when she's actually nice. All the books are that way.
* In a Creator/GeneWolfe story, a student who has stolen a great many books finds that the librarian has taken possession of his home. And the library is now closed until Monday morning.
* In the seventh ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' book, the librarian is a cranky {{Moral Guardian|s}} who has banned almost all the books in the library, leaving only one book that can be read. The library itself has posters warning about the dangers of reading.
* In ''Literature/APrincessOfLandover'', Crabbit, head librarian of Libiris, is this--tall, dark, and sinister, dressing all in black, gaunt and cold, and at first extremely inhospitable. After Mistaya claims to be his page's sister, [[SubvertedTrope he allows her to stay and seems to thaw]], showing a friendlier (albeit clearly out-of-practice) side. [[DoubleSubverted But then he turns out to be]] an EvilSorcerer [[SealedEvilInACan trying to release he demons of Abaddon]] and [[TakeOverTheWorld take over Landover]], and he only let Mistaya stay because he knew exactly who she was and wanted to use her to {{Blackmail}} her parents.
* The ''Literature/HowToTrainYourDragon'' series has the Hairy Scary Librarian who will (at the very least try to) kill anyone who enters the Meathead Public Library without permission. Due to vikings not being allowed to read books and therefore the library not being very public despite its name, that means anyone who isn't him.
* Mistress Krine, head librarian for the Royal Library in the ''Literature/GarrettPI'' series, is equally dedicated to keeping Garrett from tapping the Library's books for information ''or'' junior librarian Linda Lee for a date.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Ms. Hushbaum, better known as the Loud Librarian, from ''Series/AllThat''. As a comedy figure, she's not really scary, but her idea of enforcing the rules in her library, which is to [[HypocriticalHumor scream at the top of her lungs]], can startle first-time viewers.
%%* The episode of ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' called "The Tale of the Quiet Librarian." Need I say more?
* Mr. Bookman, the library cop from ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', who treats Jerry like a murder suspect for having a book a couple of decades overdue.
%%* In an episode of ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Pendleton University turned out to have one of these, played by Christine Baranski. She turned out also to be a HotLibrarian.
* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' has a ''crazy'' librarian. If students claimed they returned books but they aren't in the slots, she screeches "Not ACCORDI-ON to me!" While playing the accordion awfully.
* Done to the extreme on ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' where the Pawnee library department is considered by the Parks and Rec department to be actually EVIL. From the ''Ron and Tammy'' episode:
-->'''Leslie Knope:''' Pawnee's library department is the most diabolical, ruthless bunch of bureaucrats I've ever seen. They're like a biker gang. Only instead of shotguns and crystal meth, they use political savvy and shushing.
** Tammy 2, the Head of the Library Department, combines this with HotLibrarian. She's good looking (played by Megan Mullaly) but completely psycho. She was married to Ron Swanson--and turned him into a sex freak. She also stalked him for a time. And she is not averse to using the library as a tool of power (e.g. falsely placing embarrassing books on her enemies' checkout records).
* The aforementioned Conan the Librarian also appears in an episode of ''Series/ReadingRainbow''.
* Series two of ''Series/{{Psychoville}}'' introduces Jeremy, a librarian who becomes obsessed with recovering a book that a woman has failed to return on time. He resorts to stalking her, calling her at all hours, breaking into her house and threatening her young daughter - all with the aid of, or possibly under threat from, a hallucination of a horrifying creature called "Silent Singer"
* ''Series/DeadRingers'' had a parody of ''Series/HellsKitchen'' called "Hell's Library", with Simon Schama as a foul-mouthed, overbearing and violent librarian putting trainees through their paces.
* Pee-Wee Herman once got to role-play as one of these in a later episode of ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse''.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' invoked this trope in a sketch where a gorilla [[spoiler: [[CaptainObvious who is really a man in a gorilla suit]]]] is brought to a job interview for the position of chief librarian. The library executives are oddly excited by the idea of having a wild beast for a librarian.
-->'''Executive (Chapman):''' "I love seeing the customers come in to complain about some book being damaged and ask to see the chief librarian, and then, you should see their faces when the proud beast leaps from his tiny office, snatches the book from their hands and sinks his fangs into their soft...*{{beat}}*
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' has a psychotic librarian who harassed Al Bundy when he was a young child, for literally any reason she could think of. She was also known for putting massive amounts of sugar in her coffee. The episode revolves around Al finding ''Literature/TheLittleEngineThatCould'' being overdue for 30 years and having to go back, but no problem... after all it's been thirty years she couldn't possibly still... *Cue scene of Al entering and seeing a sugar bowl on the front desk*

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Librarians in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe not only keep the Libraries of the SpaceMarine chapters in order, but each one is also a [[PsychicPowers psyker]] AND a Space Marine, and has full access to PowerArmor, [[{{BFG}} bolt weapons]], [[{{BFS}} power swords]], and [[WeaponofChoice psychic-energy channeling staves]].
* The Liebrarian from ''TabletopGame/JAGSWonderland''. [[NightmareFuel "How would YOU like to be misplaced!?"]]
* In ''TabletopGame/WanderingMonstersHighSchool'', the school librarian is a banshee; students do NOT want her to yell at them for being noisy.

[[folder:Video Games]]
%%* The librarian from ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge''.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' parodies the concept with its "banshee librarian", a ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}''.
%%* Eike from ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'', but he's a nice guy, really.
* Pamela Ibis ''supposedly'' fills this role in ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis'', but she's not terribly good at the job. Students are actually ''happy'' when a monster decides to take over. As for the "scary" part, keep in mind that she's a CuteGhostGirl with a [[SealedEvilInATeddyBear possessed teddy bear]], [[SummonMagic an army of monster friends]], some [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant rather odd interests]] and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a mastery of fake crying]]. All in all, it's a good thing she's on your team.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** Apocrypha, the realm of Hermaeus Mora, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[KeeperOfForbiddenKnowledge Knowledge]], takes the form of an [[EldritchLocation Eldritch]], infinite GreatBigLibraryOfEverything, said to contain all knowledge in the form of tomes. Unlike the other Daedric Princes, who typically [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith take humanoid forms when dealing with mortals]], Mora prefers a truly EldritchAbomination form of a mass of eyes, tentacles, and claws. While not an inherently malevolent entity, Mora has been known to commit ''unspeakable'' acts in the pursuit of knowledge.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** Urag gro-Shub of the [[WizardingSchool College of Winterhold's]] [[MagicalLibrary Arcaneum]], is an [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orc]] mage who takes his job ''extremely'' seriously. Several of the other mages express their fear of him and warn the player to tread lightly.
--->'''Urag gro-Shub:''' ''Disrupt my Arcanaeum, and I will have you torn apart by angry [[ElementalEmbodiment atronachs]]."''
*** In the ''Dragonborn'' DLC, you actually get to visit Apocrypha. In addition to Hermaeus Mora himself, the realm is populated by Seekers, a {{Cthulhumanoid}} form of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] in service to Mora. Seekers typically act as the guardians and caretakers of Apocrypha, especially over the tomes of forbidden knowledge within.
* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'', Finn may not be an official librarian, but could certainly be considered one given the amount of time he spends in the Circle library. The "scary" part is demonstrated during his first meeting with the Warden, where without any fear at all, he walks up to the heavily armed stranger in the Tower and [[BerserkButton proceeds to yell]] at them for [[FelonyMisdemeanor mishandling]] their most [[SeriousBusiness valuable antique books]].
* In ''[[Franchise/MightAndMagic Might & Magic VI]]'', the Wizard's Library is staffed by, well, wizards, and trying to go into the restricted area (even if you pay for membership) starts a battle with them. (Of course, this is the case with ''every'' place in the game that has restricted areas.)
* In the Official FanRemake of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestII'' the library is so crappy that aside from the Librarian being very cold and nasty, you can't take out books unless you're a member, and there are only two members, and they aren't allowing more, and even when you manage to borrow a card you can't even remove the books from the building, you have to read it from the front desk, and there aren't even any chairs.
* In ''VideoGame/CriminalCase'', Case #26 features a librarian who's into voodoo and manages to terrify Jones even before he finds that out about her.
* Patchouli Knowledge from the ''VideoGame/TouhouProject'' is a MagicLibrarian who is usually mostly inoffensive, but try to steal any books from her library or to attack her friend/employer [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Remilia]], and she '''will''' blast you out of the sky with her powerful elemental magic. She would be even more formidable if it weren't for her [[IllGirl declining health]] preventing her from casting some of her most powerful spells.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'', [[AxCrazy Flippy]] works as a librarian in the episode ''Random Acts of Silence''. Said episode just happens to be the first (and so far, only) one where more than one character are afraid of him before he snaps.
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Cegorach, MonsterClown extraordinaire, is the librarian of the Black Library, to almost fatal results for Azhek Ahriman and his forces trying to invade the place. He does allow entrance to those he deems worth like the Custodes, but not before terrifying them to the point of trauma for no other reason but [[{{Troll}} his own amusement]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://missmab.com/Comics/Vol_579.php SAIA's librarian]] in ''[[Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures DMFA]]'', although not shown, is implied to be rather scary. She was later revealed in [[http://www.missmab.com/DLoads/DMFA_Wallpaper28_800.jpg this wallpaper]]. And now the mystery thickens with this [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Ab_061.php cute version of her]].
* Subverted in the webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Unshelved}}'' by making the librarian a young male slacker who responds to most inquiries with sarcasm. The rest of the cast has their own quirks as well.
* In ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'', Phix is the sphinx that guards the great interdimensional Library, and she [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/adventureorknowledge/ presents herself as pretty scary]], though the trope is often subverted [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/wherestherestroom/ once you get to know her]].
%%* [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2049 This]] ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' filler shows that Real librarians are really scary. Only when people who don't have an MLS claim to be librarians (somewhat TruthInTelevision}
* Marcus of ''Webcomic/TheSilverEye'' is a variation of this. He is scary, and he is a librarian. Sometimes he's scary while he's being a librarian, such as expressing his irritation at the young orphans who bother him when he's trying to read out loud (to himself) in peace. But he can be scary when he's not at work, too--Especially if Apen Shephard is involved.
* In an ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' pinup [[note]]which can be seen [[https://danshive.deviantart.com/art/Be-Quiet-In-The-Library-644239661 here]][[/note]], Amanda, in a {{Stripperiffic}} HotLibrarian outfit, shushes the POV character with a ShrinkRay, an [[EmptyPilesOfClothing Empty Pile of Clothing]] in the foreground.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/the-librarians The librarians and other staff]] of ''Wiki/TheWanderersLibrary'' are humans who ran afoul of the Library's rules and so were transformed into monstrous forms and forced to work in the Library until the end of their sentence.
* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', the [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] head librarian Miss Henderson is tough enough to keep superpowered mutant students in line, but the really scary part is one of her student assistants: PersonOfMassDestruction Tennyo, who most students will run from.
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': The Librarians of the Night Vale Public Library are deadly [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] that are feared by all. [[Recap/WelcomeToNightValeLiveEpisodeTheLibrarian When one escapes from the library]], it sends the town into a panic.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ArchiesWeirdMysteries'' subverts this. There is a ghost of a librarian, and Jughead has terrifying memories of her when he was little, making his time in the library miserable. First she snatches a book from him saying in a nasty tone "This isn't for children!" He reads a joke book which she starts nastily lecturing him, and she yells at him for playing on the large globe." The librarian ghost when revealed justifiably explains her reasons. She took the book from him because it was heavily damaged and didn't want it to fall apart, she lectured him about the joke book because he was laughing very loudly disrupting the other readers, and she stopped him from playing on the globe because it was dangerous. And she wasn't even acting nasty, Jughead's fear of her exaggerated the events in his mind, making her seem worse than she actually was.
* The librarian in ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', Miss Turner, is a repeat victim of this stereotype to judge by the {{Imagine Spot}}s she appears in. "Next time, don't make me use the crank!"
* Wan Shi Tong, the [[OminousOwl owl-like knowledge spirit]] from the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "The Library." He's a nice enough guy if you're a true knowledge seeker, but ''any'' hint that you intend to use the knowledge found in his tomes to gain an advantage over others-- even if those others are certifiably ''evil''-- is his BerserkButton, and he won't hesitate to trap you in the library ''forever'' for your troubles.
* Miss Dickens from the ''WesternAnimation/CarlSquared'' episode "Carl's Techno-Jinx". She crash tackles and handcuffs offenders, puts Carl's library card through a blender and drinks it, and C2 is convinced that she put a curse on him.
* Count Spankulot from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' may not actually be a librarian, but he does seem to work for them, seeing as he punishes children who have overdue books by hunting them down and spanking them. And by the way, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent he's a vampire]], which definitely makes him scary.
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'': The old librarian from "Wrath of the Librarian", who casts a spell on the book Courage turns in late so that it turns whoever touches it (Eustace and Muriel, in this case) into the book's characters, and won't lift the curse until Courage pays the late fee.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' dabbles in this with Dexter becoming a very scary librarian while assisting the actual librarian. This involved installing creepy robots, changing requested books for something more cerebral like paleobiology.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': One episode featured Kaeloo as a librarian. Kaeloo has the power of HulkingOut, so she threatens to beat up anyone who dares to make noise inside her library. [[spoiler: She ends up setting half the books on fire.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'': In "The Great Dime Chase!" we meet Miss Quackfaster, who in this continuity is Scrooge's archivist. She takes her job ''very'' seriously (and [[LargeHam very dramatically]]); at one point she threatens Dewey and Webby with ''a huge sword'' for "disrespecting the archives".
* ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowskiSuburbanDaredevil'': Kick Buttowski once has to deal with a crazy librarian who insisted that every thing that went inside her library (book or not) is hers. He has to break into the library to get a book of his that was accidentally returned.
* Mrs. Hatchett, from the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Overdue". Even after the book was return, she just laughs manically.
* ''WesternAnimation/MartinMystery'' Martin has one at his university, who growled at him for messing with the books in one episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' 's school librarian is a scary old woman whose hobbies include burning books and picketing in front of a cinema.
* The librarian replaced by Miss Osborne in ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements'' episode "Quiet Riot", who fits every stereotype of the scary librarian.
* Libro Shushman from ''WesternAnimation/TeamoSupremo'', who becomes a fully-fledged supervillain.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Professor Peter (of ThePeterPrinciple fame) mentioned one librarian who loved her neatly ordered books so much that she spent most of her time preventing the students from reading them.