The Library Mixtape: “Sexiest librarian, take off those glasses…”

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Growing up in the 90’s, making mixtape’s is one of the activities that has brought most pleasure and joy into my life. I remember sitting with my tape recorder listening to radio and getting ready to press ‘Rec’ and ‘Play’ when tunes of the 90’s grunge, brit pop and alternative rock was played. Pure good time (and frustrations when a speaker interrupted the song because of a goal scoring in a football match).

Making a mixtape in todays digital age is far from the analog feeling in my childhood but it still brings tons of joy – and specially the making of this little library mixtape. The lyrics is really something to dig into: apparently it’s a common belief that the library is a good place for romance.

1.  Librarian by My Morning Jacket

Simple little bookworm, buried underneath
Is the sexiest librarian
Take off those glasses and let down your hair for me

2. Young Adult Friction by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Between the stacks in the library
Not like anyone stopped to see
We came, they went, our bodies spent
Among the dust and the microfiche

3. Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1965 by John Mayer

And his wife told his kids he was crazy
And his friends said he’d fail if he tried
But with the will to work hard and a library card
He took a homemade, fan blade, one-man submarine ride

4. Marian the Librarian from The Music Man

Marian…Madam Librarian
What can I say, my dear, to catch your ear
I love you madly, madly
Madam Librarian…

5. At The Library by Green Day

Staring across the room
Are you leaving soon?
I just need a little time

6. Wrapped Up In Books by Belle & Sebastian

We’ve got a fantasy affair
We didn’t get wet, we didn’t dare
Our aspirations, are wrapped up in books
Our inclinations are hidden in looks


7. Ravens in the Library by S. J. Tucker

One for fiction, two for truth
three for bikes and bathing suits, four for scifi/fantasy
five loves art and ancient skulls
six eats periodicals, seven lives in poetry

8. Lost in your time (at The Library) by Los Bossa Nuevo Biblioteca

We help you find
All the text on your mind
Lost in your time at the library

9. Love in the Library by Jimmy Buffett

Love in the library, quiet and cool
Love in the library, there are no rules
Surrounded by stories surreal and sublime
I fell in love in the library once upon a time

10. Swining London by Of Magnetic Fields

I read your manifestoes and your strange religious tracts
You took me to your library and kissed me in the stacks

11. Sweet Librarian by Railroad Jerk 

Swee-eeeet librarian
What good books can you recommend?
Swee-eeeet librarian
Do you think that we could still be friends?

12. The Librarians Are Hiding Something by Swinin’ Utter

Oh the librarians contrarians can’t fly on a wing
Oh the librarians barbarians are liking nothing
Which leads me to believe one thing
The librarians are hiding something

13. Books about UFOs by Hüsker Dü

Walking down a sunny street to the library
Checking out the latest books about outer space

14. Karen by The Go-Betweens

I know this girl
This very special girl
And she works in a library, yeah
Standing there behind the counter
Willing to help
With all the problems that I encounter

15. French Navy by Camera Obscura

Spent a week in a dusty library
Waiting for some words to jump at me
We met by a trick of fate
French navy my sailor mate

16. Librarian by Haunted Love

I want to be a librarian
I want to check out your books
Please give them to me
With the bar code facing up

17. A Girl Like You by Holiday With Maggie

I saw you in the library
Reading modern art
I glanced at you the whole day through 

18. Fun Fun Fun by The Beach Boys

Well she got her daddy’s car
And she cruised to the hamburger stand now
Seems she forgot all about the library
Like she told her old man now

19. Faster Pussycat to The Library by Sam Phillips

We’ll go where the action is
Go where the action is
If you don’t know what to do
I’ll look it up for you

20. The Book Lovers by Broadcast

Lines and lines of the spines, colored everyone
Down the aisles, along the titles
Where you run your eyes
Read a few lines, ah

Read more: Broadcast – The Book Lovers Lyrics | MetroLyrics

21. Libraries by Seabear

And I don’t believe you live in a library
That sails the sea
Sleeping with a book-blanket out at sea
Like you told me

22. Librarian by Jonathan Rundman

23. Addy Will Know by SNMNMNM

Not on YouTube but can be downloaded on 

I couldn’t think of that book that I read
The one where the characters all wind up dead
Or maybe it was only just one guy
Who bit the dust in the ending
but when I looked in reference

I couldn’t find the section
I thought that I could find it on my own
Addy will know 

24. The Librarian by Hefner

He started to woo her in a most peculiar way
The librarian’s dress was a fawnish shade of gray
The books he was to borrow he would surely never read
They were of an intellectual caliber he hoped that she would see…

25. Ain’t Got Rhythm by Phineas and Ferb

Look, I got a sweet deal going on here
I got all the books that I can read
All these sweet old ladies and this carpet from the 80’s
What more could a librarian need?
Besides, I ain’t got rhythm
No, I ain’t got rhythm
Said I ain’t got rhythm
I ain’t got rhythm

26. Library Magic by The Head and The Heart

27. Books of Califonia by Comet Gain

28. Library by Julia Brown

29. A Trip to The Library from the Broadway musical She Loves Me

30. The Library Song by Tonks and The Aurors

31. Library Pictures by Arctic Monkeys

32. Books from boxes by Maximo Park

33. Mass Nerder by Descendents
We must read
We must read
We must read
We must read

Somebody get me a book!

34. Judy Blume by Amanda Palmer

35. I am the Sub-Librarian by Piano Magic
I am the sub-librarian, come in on the council bus
Chalk Farm to Highgate Woods, sportsbag of borrowed books
A steady diet of Brautigan, ‘Tapestry’ on the walkman
Paranormal ill-health from dusting off the top shelf
I am the sub-librarian, counter girl, tea-maker
I am the sub-librarian, swan feeder, spectacle breaker
I am the sub-librarian

36. Miss Clara/Azusa Sue by Bobbie Gentry (live performance by Chloe Darling)
Since I saw you at your desk
At the public library
You stamped my book and I took a look
And now your face is all I see

37. Heaven Sent by INXS

Tuesday she works in the library uptown
Some useful knowledge can always be found
Don’t burn the library till you’ve read all the books
Sometimes in life you get a second look

38. Library Girl by Squeeze
She was a girl at the library, keeping her book behind the desk
She was a girl who ruled at me, for reading it’s scared to rest
She’s got a new beret, she was a library girl

39. A Design For Life by Manic Street Preachers

Libraries gave us power
Then work came and made us free
What price now for a shallow piece of dignity

40. The Arthur Library Card Song
Having fun isn’t hard, 
When you’ve got a library card.
Having fun isn’t hard, 
When you’ve got a library card.
Come on inside, 
We’ve got everything you need.
There’s plenty to do, 
Or you can just sit and read

41. On The Other Side of the Stacks by Jeremy Morse

Have I missed any awesome library songs on the mixtape?





The making of a bossa nova library song: 7 inches of library user appreciation

11218152_10153087978421268_4796015969561887210_n7 inches of library bossa nova vinyl

If your library was a musical genre which one would it be? Pop like Bieber, rock like Rolling Stones or more Jazzy like Miles Davis? Or maybe a crossover of different genres? I have no doubt: My library, The Faculty Library of Social Sciences (Copenhagen University Library), is a bossa nova library: it’s warm and welcoming just like the soothing sound of bossa nova and in our development of services we like to reach for the literally meaning of the phrase bossa nova which means ‘new trend’ in Portuguese.

For some time we have talked about making some sort of dedication to the hardworking students and faculty members that uses the library. Music is king, period, so what more obvious than to pay them a tribute by making a song for them – and in our very case it had to be a bossa nova song for sure.

The making of a bossa nova library song

This resulted in what I believe is the first bossa nova library song in the world: Lost in your time (at The Library) by Los Bossa Nuevo Biblioteca released on Go To The Library Records – give it a listen here:


Or check out the music video that are soon to become MTV darling:

The work with the song started a while back when we got Python ninja Jens Stein Jørgensen enrolled at the faculty library. Besides being keen on Python and other programming languages Jens is a skilled bossa nova guitarist. We already got the library swinning with some very musical librarians: Rasmus Rindom Riise playing drums in danish hard rock band Dear Delusion, Anders Bonatto Fisker writing songs and singing for Danish contemporary protest band Anders Fisker Band and Mads Korsgaard being guitarist and sound wizard in Danish 90’s tribute band So 90’s.

Anders did the first draft on the lyrics (we decided that it should not be a song on how great the library is but a song about the students that uses the library so it contains 5 small stories about the 5 subjects we serve at social sciences) and Jens came up with a take on the melody. Then we did a jam session at my office with Rasmus and the lead singer from Dear Delusion, Simon Roland (I was a bit worried he was gonna hard rock sing the crap out the song but it turns out he had the fines voice for this project).

17818983825_740e7f4b61_o Simon, Rasmus, Anders and Jens at the office bossa nova jam session

After a few hours of bossa jamming we decided that we were ready for recording.

The recording took place at Mads’ apartment. We sat up some recording gear, opened a bottle of wine and approximately three hours later we were done. It was not an all easy birth for our little bossa baby. There were some differences of opinion on wherever there should be added a bass line to the track but that is what happens when you put passionate people in the same room. In the end it all came together and Mads gave the track some sugar in the sound engineering room, we added the bass line and we got our bossa nova library track.

Simon doing the vocals

Record release, live gig and Los Bossa Nuevo Biblioteca world tour

I love vinyl. I like streaming too but vinyl is music you can touch! So we decided to get ‘Lost in your time (at The Library)’ out on 7 inch vinyl singles. Side A is with bass and Side B is the pure version. We ordered 500 copies and they will be used for library competitions, gifts and so on.

Shortly after the release I got a call from The Universty Post who wanted to know what the library bossa nova fuzz was all about. They brought a great little piece on it here

First live gig for Los Bossa Nuevo Biblioteca took place at a bossa nova loving librarians 50th years birthday at The Royal Library. You can get a little treat of it here:

Next in line is world tour and world domination for the band – help us make it fly by sharing the story of the worlds first library bossa nova song 🙂

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