Sarah Thomas is vice president for the Harvard Library and the Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College. From 2007 to 2013 she served as Bodley's Librarian, overseeing Oxford's university libraries, including the historic Bodleian Library. She was University Librarian at Cornell University from 1996 until 2007. She began her career at Harvard University's Widener Library and has since worked at Johns Hopkins University, the Research Libraries Group (Stanford, CA), the National Agricultural Library, and the Library of Congress. In 2007 she received the Melvil Dewey Award from the American Library Association, and in 2004 she served as the President of the Association of Research Libraries. In 2010 she was elected a member of Oxford's University Council. She is a member of the RLUK Board of Directors.
She is a graduate of Smith College, and holds a MS in Library Science from Simmons College, Boston, and a Ph.D. in German literature from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.