Library Wars

Library Wars

1, Love & War

Graphic Novel - 2010
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"In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves---the Library Forces! Iku Kasahara has dreamed of joining the Library Defense Force ever since one of its soldiers stepped in to protect her favorite book from being confiscated in a bookstore when she was younger. But now that she's finally a recruit, she's finding her dream job to be a bit of a nightmare. Especially since her hard-hearted drill instructor seems to have it in for her!"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Viz Media, [2010], ©2008
Edition: Shojo beat ed
ISBN: 9781421534886
Branch Call Number: YGN Library wars
Characteristics: 166 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Arikawa, Hiro 1972-
Watabe, Kinami


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Recommended by Liz, Xenia Community Library: "This is a super fun manga series about a group of librarians who are at war with those in the government who want to ban and censor books! As someone who works in the library, I really appreciate this. Also, there's a really fun love story in it.... Read More »

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IndyPL_ShelbyP Jun 05, 2019

I'm a bit biased as a librarian, but I think this manga is delightful. I'm relieved the setting isn't this real, but if it were...the idea that libraries have a special defense task force is amazing. The characters have to have top military training but also have to learn how to shelve books and manage a collection. I love it!

Welichka Jul 25, 2017

I have read only the fist book, and odered already next 5. I love this story so much.

Aug 08, 2015

I read these in school at my library. I was upset to learn that they only had the first 10 books. I love them so much, they are the reason(and other manga's too) my english teacher questioned my sanity. But he likes me and my behavior. Anyways I really love this series.

Aug 04, 2014


Aug 02, 2013

This manga is really sweet! I like the main character and her "prince." The story is also very unique!

ColemanRidge Feb 25, 2013

The conceit is that the Japanese federal government has formed a commission to censor books, and libraries, controlled by local governments, have formed a militia to defend themselves. Armed librarians rigorously trained in martial arts patrol cities, keeping watch for the vans of the Media Betterment Committee. My favorite part so far is when a guy caught cutting pictures out of a library's magazine is beaten and handcuffed.

It is very a girly story. Our protagonist is a fearless young woman tormented by her conflicted feelings for her superior officer. He is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short; always there to bail her out of a jam; and always unkind to her about getting into jams.

Girly is fine. All lit is chick lit. Strong silent types don't write.

BPLNextBestTeens Jan 25, 2012

In a world where the government dictates what people should and should not read, libraries have had to resort to creating an army, called the Library Defense Force to protect the collections they have from being confiscated by the dreaded military Media Betterment Act army.

Iku Kasahara has fulfilled her dream of being recruited by the LDF but the training is difficult. Not only does she physically have to be in shape, but she has to memorize the entire layout of the library and know where every book is located (this in itself is boring enough to make any student fall asleep).

There are many humourous side comments about her training and trainers, especially good-looking Sergeant Atsushi Dojo. Despite his being particularly hard on her, Dojo can be surprisingly gentle at times.


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