10 Surprising Former Librarians


Everyone from authors and politicians to a former first lady and a comic book character once worked among the bookshelves at a library.

1. Mao Zedong

Before he led the Communist Party of China, Mao Zedong worked as a librarian’s assistant at Peking University between 1918 and 1919. He needed a job, and earned only $8 a month carrying periodicals to the readers and organizing shelves. “My office was so low that people avoided me,” he once said.[…]

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