Irma Pince, librarian in the 1990s

The Hogwarts librarian is a person employed by Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to monitor the library and watch over and protect books.


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.[1]


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