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"Library Cards" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from Season 11. In this episode, when Patrick discovers the pineapple's library, SpongeBob introduces him to the wonderful world of book learning.



The episode begins with Patrick going into SpongeBob's house to watch television with him. When he sees SpongeBob, he wonders what he is doing, leading to SpongeBob telling Patrick all about the wonders of reading books and the different kinds of books there are.

SpongeBob gives Patrick a book to read and he enjoys it a lot. Patrick ends up reading so many books that he becomes extremely intelligent. Unfortunately, Patrick's head is so big that he cannot get out through the door, so SpongeBob starts to devise plans to get Patrick out.

SpongeBob tries several attempts to make Patrick's head smaller, but they all fail. Eventually he comes up with the plan to make Patrick dumber so his head shrinks, so he shows Patrick the Sir Urchin and Snail Fail show he was watching earlier to make him dumb again. The episode ends with Patrick losing all the knowledge he earned, only to start playing with the books again.

Running gags

  • Snail Fail hitting Sir Urchin with various objects, along with Sir Urchin yelling "Why you" and saying "What'd I do?"
  • SpongeBob showing Patrick the different types of books.


The episode was confirmed by Vincent Waller on March 22, 2018.[2]



 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Another Best Day Ever - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]
  Welk Lounge - Vinnie Zummo [Zero-G Sample Libraries] [The Sir Urchin & Snail Fail Show!]
  A Simple Conversation 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick looking for SpongeBob at his house]
  The Pollywog Strut - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick imagines a playground for his mind]
  Welk Lounge - Vinnie Zummo [Zero-G Sample Libraries] [Patrick throws the TV downstairs]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Transition to next scene]
  Seaweed 2 - Steve Belfer [Patrick having fun in SpongeBob's library]
  Happy Links 6-9 - Paul Fenoulhet ["Oh, tender, naïve Patrick, it's not that kind of playground."]
  Seaweed 2 - Steve Belfer [Patrick throwing books at SpongeBob]
  Parting of the Clouds - Nicolas Carr ["Behold the books, Patrick. Each one has a story to tell."]
  The Silver Blade - Ilona Sekacz ["Look Out! Those books are cliffhangers, stories for the adventurers."]
  Rule Britannia (a) - Dick Walter ["...Books with bridges!"]
  Fairies A - John Fox, Otto Sieben ["Listen to the soothing sounds of the Audio Books."]
  Unknown Track 89 - Dust ghost emerges from the book
  Fairies A - John Fox, Otto Sieben [Patrick trying to read a book]
  Breathing Underwater Short - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob turning pages]
  What's This - Nicolas Carr [Patrick's brain sees something]
  Bobbins and Spindles - Ronald Hanmer [Knowledge entering in Patrick's head]
  Symphony No. 5: Allegro Con Brio - Ludwig Beethoven, William Alwyn [Believe Music] [Patrick absorbing much more knowledge]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 28 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Uh, Patrick I think that's enough knowledge for one day."]
  The Museum Incident - Nicolas Carr ["Nonsense, dear boy."]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob trying to stuff Patrick's head through the door]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 21 - Jeremy Wakefield ["You really got your melon jammed in there, didn't you?"]
  Mechanical Matinee - Sam Fonteyn [Patrick explaining SpongeBob how to solve the problem]
  Drama Link (C) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob connects an electromagnet to Patrick's head]
  Drama Link (F) - Hubert Clifford ["Gary! Speak to me!"]
  Great Idea Patrick - Nicolas Carr ["Slime, that's it!"]
  Ripped Hide - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Gary slimes Patrick's head]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob sees "Head Shrinking for Beginners!"]
  ? [SpongeBob as witch doctor]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob's head shrinks]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 3C - Jeremy Wakefield ["I guess we'll have to live here in the library forever, Gary."]
  Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Patrick has the solution to the problem]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["All right, Patrick, let's get stupid!"]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 30 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob plugs in the TV]
  Welk Lounge - Vinnie Zummo [Zero-G Sample Libraries] [The Sir Urchin & Snail Fail Show! again]
  Wheels Within Wheels - Ronald Hanmer [Patrick's knowledge is taken out of his head by a hose]
  Hot Steel and Slide Licks 1A - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob picks up Patrick's brain]
  Another Best Day Ever - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick's back to normal]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["A book?"]
  A Pineapple Luau with Bongos - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Ending]




  • This was the second episode to premiere during the September 2018 premiere week.
    • It was also the highest-viewed episode in the event.
  • This marks the 450th episode segment of the series.
  • This marks the second episode where Patrick is smart. The first was "Patrick SmartPants."
  • This is the second episode where SpongeBob is called "SpongeRobert." The first one was "SpongeBob LongPants."
  • Ironically, despite being called "Library Cards," none are mentioned or seen in the episode.
    • However, the title could be referring to SpongeBob and Patrick's antics in the library, as the word card also means "a person who is odd or amusing," which describes SpongeBob and Patrick.
  • Patrick has visited SpongeBob's library before in "Boating School," "Something Smells," and "Sportz?," but he acts like he has never seen it until this episode.
    • Furthermore, Patrick does not even know what the word "library" means at the beginning of the episode, but says he has overdue library books in "Rule of Dumb."
  • Very little characters appear in this episode, with six in total making an appearance. Even less characters appear in-person, as Sir Urchin and Snail Fail are only shown on TV.
  • A majority of this episode takes place inside SpongeBob's house, as the outdoors are only shown at the beginning of the episode for at least 30 seconds.
  • This is one of the few episodes to showcase Gary's interest in reading, some others being "Sleepy Time," "Gary Takes a Bath," "Rock-a-Bye Bivalve," and "Pet Sitter Pat."
    • He is shown reading a book called Cooking Without Salt, alluding to the fact that salt kills snails. This phobia was previously alluded to in "Pet Sitter Pat."
  • An image of Patrick with a giant brain became a popular meme, usually used in memes about if someone is smart at inventing something, but it is mostly paired up with an image of Patrick with a piece of wood on his head (which shows the less smart part).

Cultural references


  • At the start of the episode, the plank pathway between Squidward's house and the road is missing.
  • When Patrick's brain first appears huge, his eyebrows are missing.

Mr. Lawrence is misspelled as M. Lawrence.

  • In the French opening credits, Mr. Lawrence's name is misspelled as M. Lawrence.
    • This also occurs in the French dub of "Patnocchio."

A window is on the books in the library.

  • In one scene, a window is on the books from the library.