The Library (Seinfeld)

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"The Library"
Seinfeld episode
Episode no.Season 3
Episode 5
Directed byJoshua White
Written byLarry Charles
Production code304
Original air dateOctober 16, 1991
Guest appearance(s)
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"The Library" is the 22nd episode of the American NBC sitcom Seinfeld. The episode was the fifth episode of the show's third season.


Jerry learns he has a library fine from 1971, for the book Tropic of Cancer, and that the "case" has been turned over to the library investigations officer, Lt. Bookman. George arrives at the library, and suspects that the homeless man on the steps outside is Mr. Heyman, a physical education teacher at his high school whom he reported for giving him a wedgie, which got him fired. Jerry pays Mr. Bookman, and ultimately Heyman is seen in an alleyway with the dilapidated long-lost copy of Tropic of Cancer lying next to him. Kramer flirts with the librarian, Marion, starting a forbidden love affair with her.

Elaine is concerned that Mr. Lippman is planning to fire her, so after she sees Kramer crying over Marion's poetry, she takes some of it, trying unsuccessfully to impress Lippman with a new literary find.


Philip Baker Hall's performance as Bookman was very well received.[1][2] It was considered to be one of the best guest appearances on Seinfeld,[2] and led to Hall receiving many other offers of work.[2] It was rated as one of his most memorable performances.[3]


  1. ^ "Seinfeld: "The Dog"/"The Library"/"The Pen"". TV Club. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Wenner, Daniel Kreps,James Montgomery,David Fear,Kory Grow,Gus; Kreps, Daniel; Montgomery, James; Fear, David; Grow, Kory; Wenner, Gus (July 8, 2014). "And They're Spectacular! 10 Actors on Their Memorable 'Seinfeld' Roles". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  3. ^ "Philip Baker Hall on The Chicago 8, Seinfeld, and Paul Thomas Anderson". Film. Retrieved December 11, 2020.

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