Hogwarts librarian Irma Pince, busy at work.

The Hogwarts librarian is an individual employed by Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to monitor the library and watch over and protect books. There was also a desk situated in the center of the library reserved for the librarian. Some disciplinary powers came with the job, as the occupant of this position can award and dock house points[1].


The Hogwarts librarian has many duties, including:

  • Monitoring the Library.
  • Prepare and manage the library budgets.
  • Keep the library organised, clean and neat.
  • Classify and catalogue library books in order to properly making them ready for checkout.
  • Assisting students and staff members in finding the desired reading material.
  • Helping students in academical research by assisting them in identifying, locating and interpret information.
  • Check the authenticity of written permissions from the faculty before students can enter the Restricted Section.
  • Maintain circulation files, statistics, inventories and records of which books are in the library at any given time and where in the library they can be found.
  • Establish, implement and enforce general library rules and regulations which reflects the educational aims and objectives of the whole school.
  • Keeping track of which books have been lent out and by whom, and ensure that the deadline given to the students for the return of a library book is followed.
  • Select, purchase and catalogue new materials for the library and assure a balanced collection which offers diverse points of view on magical studies to ensure learning efficiency.
  • Work with teaching staff to take a strategic approach to cultivating a love of reading in students.
  • Making sure all students have left the library by 8:00 pm, at which time the library closes.
  • Oversee the Study Hall.
  • To undertake any other reasonable duty at the request of the Headmaster/Headmistress of Hogwarts.

Known Hogwarts librarians

Behind the scenes

  • Warwick Davis has said that he would like to work as a library manager in the wizarding world.[2]


Notes and references

  1. In 1986, Madam Pince gave Jacob's sibling twenty house points for helping to keep the memories of James and Lily Potter alive by reminding his peers of the atrocities against them by Lord Voldemort.