Fictional Reference Books for Most Library Collections

Ever wish you could add fictional reference books to your library’s reference collection? If I could, this is what I would add:

The Encyclopedia Galactica — What self-respecting librarian wouldn’t want access to Isaac Asimov’s immense encyclopedia containing all the knowledge of futuristic civilizations?

Handbook for the Recently Deceased — Libraries shouldn’t discriminate against the deceased, so every reference collection should carry a copy of this guide from Beetlejuice.

The Book of the Brothers — In George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, this massive tome collects the history of every knight who’s ever served in the much vaunted Kingsguard, the bodyguards of the king of Westeros. This one comes complete with a bleached white leather cover and gold hinges — think your library’s budget could handle it?

Tobin’s Spirit Guide — A ghost identification tool used by the Ghostbusters that could be useful to local ghosthunting organizations.

The Slayer’s Handbook — This is the guide to vampire slaying in one of the finest television shows ever produced, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Maybe it would come with a complimentary subscription to Demons, Demons, Demons, a database featured in Buffy’s spinoff show, Angel.

What fictional reference books would you add to a library collection?

–Wes

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4 responses to “Fictional Reference Books for Most Library Collections

  1. Paul

    Hah, that’s funny! I was just watching Ghostbusters the other day and found myself wondering, hey, is Tobin’s Spirit Guide real? I should go look it up. Looks like you beat me to it. Well played old boy.

  2. the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy, of course.

    – amy

  3. Karen

    How about a union catalog for the Library of Babel?

  4. I’m surprised Wes didn’t mention that OTHER imaginary book that we DEFINITELY don’t have in Ref. Services. Nope. Not even in the super-secret extremely closed stack that’s carefully warded against such things.

    Heh.

    LAV

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