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National Libraries


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United Nations iLibrary

The United Nations iLibrary is the first comprehensive global search, discovery, and viewing source for digital content created by the United Nations. It provides librarians, information specialists, scholars, students, policy makers, influencers and the general public with a single digital destination for seamlessly accessing publications, journals, data, and series published by the United Nations Secretariat, and its funds and programs.

National Library of St. Mark’s, Venice, Italy

The National Library of St. Mark’s is a Renaissance building and is home to one of the most important classical texts collection on earth. The Library was built over a lengthy period of time and began in 1537, but the collection began as early as 1468 when Cardinal Bessarion gifted his collection of 250 manuscripts and 750 codices. Beginning in 1603 a law was created that required one copy of all books printed in Venice to be housed at the National Library. The Library today holds more than a million books, over 13,000 manuscripts, 2883 incunabula, and more than 24,000 16th century works.

Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria

Much like the Library of Congress, the Austrian National Library is responsible for the collection of all publications that appear in Austria. The Library has many important works including the world’s foremost Globe collection, rare books dating from the 4th century, including a UNESCO Memory of the World Programme item (the Vienna Dioscurides, a 6th century illuminated manuscript that deals with medicine and healing), and a map collection that includes maps dating as far back as the 16th century. The library is currently housed in the Hofburg Palace and the baroque Palais Mollard-Clary, and was originally housed in the Prunksaal, a magnificent building with beautiful frescoes.

National Library of Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden

The National Library of Sweden is responsible for preserving all Swedish printed and A/V material and holds more than 20 million objects. There has been some form of National Library in Sweden since the 1500s and was expanded early on by purchases of collections from Swedish monasteries that were dissolved in the Reformation and later via war spoils from the Thirty Years War. The Library obtained the library of Würzburg and the royal library of Prague during this war, and notably also obtained a 13th century copy of the “Devil’s Bible”

National Library of Australia   
Trove helps you find and use resources relating to Australia. It’s more than a search engine. Trove brings together content from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations and gives you tools to explore and build. Trove is many things: a community, a set of services, an aggregation of metadata, and a growing repository of fulltext digital resources. Trove contains over 400 million online resources such as books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.

National Library of South Africa (Pretoria)   
About Collections The NLSA is not a lending library. We keep books and journals in both Cape Town and Pretoria campuses and transfer them on request to the appropriate reading room.

Manuscriptorium / National Library of the Czech Republic   
Descriptions and illustrations of manuscripts. The largest digital library in Europe, which contains 85% of all digitized manuscripts from national libraries (including the national libraries of Czech, Spain and Iceland), as well as university libraries (eg the university libraries of Vilnius / Lithuania, Breslau / Poland and Heidelberg / Germany) In Europe.

HelveticArchives – the archive database of the Swiss National Library  
HelveticArchives is the online database for the holdings of the Swiss National Library (NB). Here you will find information on documents from the Graphische Sammlung (GS) and from the Swiss Literary Archives (SLA). The archive database HelveticArchives lists literary discounts of the SLA in clear stock descriptions, individual collections are already recorded in detail. They are displayed in the “Archive Plan” view in their hierarchical structure.

The National Library of Italy  
Indice SBN is the union catalog of the Italian libraries that have joined the National Library Service. The National Library Service (SBN) is the library network in Italy created by Ministry for Cultural and Environmental Asset with the cooperation of the regions and universities.

The catalog of the German National Library since 1913   
The catalog includes the holdings of the Leipzig locations since 1913, Frankfurt am Main since 1945, the holdings of the German Music Archives since 1976, as well as the exile publications and the archival records of the German Exilearchiv 1933-1945 in Frankfurt am Main and the collection Exil Literature 1933- 1945 in Leipzig. Included are the monographs, periodicals, maps and atlases, music and phonograms, dissertations and habilitations in printed or electronic form, as well as translations from German into other languages ​​and foreign-language Germanica (since 1941).

Japan National Diet Library  
The National Diet Library gathers and saves domestic and international materials and information widely, mainly on publications, becomes the foundation of knowledge and culture, supports the activities of the Diet, and provides library services to administrative and judicial people and citizens Through doing, I contribute to the creative activities of the people and contribute to the development of democracy.

Catalogs and Databases of National Library of the Czech Republic  
Online catalog of the National Library Thematic map of funds Thematic search using subject authority Central directory of libraries and information institutions in the Czech Republic

National Library of Ireland   
This Library’s Online Catalogue provides access to most printed collections with the exception of newspaper titles, which are listed separately. It also comprises manuscript and visual collections catalogued since 1990 together with records from some earlier catalogues.

National Library of Luxembourg   

The origins of the National Library of Luxembourg go back to 1798, when the French Republic administration created a public school with a central library entrusted with gathering the heritage collections from the libraries of the Ancien Régime which were closed after the invasion by French Revolutionary troops in 1794/1795. Those collections were subsequently called National Library from 1899 onwards. In 1958 the first law about a legal deposit was enacted.

National Library of Norway  
Legal deposit Act gives the National Library’s mandate to collect, record and preserve for posterity Norwegian published educational and cultural production from any media. With this as a source for collection building, knowledge and culture National Library has an ambition to be one of Europe’s most modern and exciting National Library.

National Library of the Netherlands  
The primary collection of the KB consists of publications from or about the Netherlands. This collection is supplemented by a context and reference collection which is relevant for studying Dutch history and culture in an international perspective.

National Library of Russia  
The history of the National Library of Russia begins with its foundation on 27 May 1795 and covers a period of just under two hundred years. The history of the country during these two centuries covers many different periods: eras of Catherine the Great, Alexander I, Nicholas I, the major reforms which took place in the 1850s, the February Revolution of 1917 and the October Revolution, the World War II. All events and the changed conditions of Russian life inevitably affected life in the Library.

RERO – Library Network of Western Switzerland  
Founded in 1985, RERO (acronym for REseau Romand) is the library network of Western Switzerland. It is a consortium comprising over 270 academic, research, heritage, public and specialized libraries, used by the political, university and cultural authorities in the French speaking part of Switzerland to manage a documentary policy based on cooperation, and the sharing of resources and services.

The National Széchenyi Library Hungary  
The National Széchenyi Library collects, preserves and explores written, printed, audiovisual and electronic form, created the national values ​​of the Hungarian culture. It provides direct access to their own and – as coordinator of central registers – collections of other institutions.

NUKAT Center of Warsaw University Library  
NUKAT is a union catalog which means that it contains descriptions of documents held by many Polish libraries (also those situated abroad, in Rome and Paris). NUKAT librarians do shared cataloging and download ready descriptions (bibliographic records) to their local catalogs which provides NUKAT end-users with one-stop access to information on the resources available in many reserach and university libraries.

Library and Archives Canada (LAC)   
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) combines the holdings, services and staff of both the former National Library of Canada and the National Archives of Canada. As outlined in the Preamble to the Library and Archives of Canada Act, LAC’s mandate is as follows: to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations; to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada as a free and democratic society;

Swiss National Library  
The foundation of the Swiss National Library is its Helvetica collection. It includes 63,000 linear meters and consists of approximately 5.6 million items: The Swiss Literary Archives (SLA) is responsible for around 250 estates, archives and larger collections of authors with a reference to Switzerland.

National Library of the Czech Republic  
The National Library is one of the oldest public libraries in the Czech Republic, its collection includes over 6,5 million volumes and yearly it acquires about 80 thousand of new titles. It provides services to more than one million users every year, most of whom are university or college students, teachers, academics, scientist, and scholars.

Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of the Italian libraries   
ICCU is the technical-scientific contact point for the General Direction for Library Heritage and Cultural Institutes. This goal is being pursued thanks to a strategy of strong cooperation among Italian libraries. The result of this cooperation is the creation of the National Library Service (SBN), the network of the Italian Libraries which ICCU manages. Moreover, ICCU promotes and coordinates national census of manuscripts of the 16th Century Italian editions. The OPAC SBN provides access to 16,044,007 bibliographic records, accompanied by 83,070,446 units

National Library of Portugal  
The library was created by Decree of 29 February 1796, under the name of Royal Public Library of the Court. It was transferred to the purposed–design building it currently occupies, in the Campo Grande area, in 1969.

National Library of Australia   
The Library’s role is to ensure that documentary resources of national significance relating to Australia and the Australian people, as well as significant non-Australian library materials, are collected, preserved and made accessible either through the Library itself or through collaborative arrangements with other libraries and information providers.

National Library of France  
The Bibliothèque nationale de France traces its origin to the royal library, established at the Louvre in 1368. It was officially created on 4 January 1994, by the merger of the old National Library with the new Library of France. The BnF is the main repository of legal deposits of French publications in many different media.

German National Library  
The catalog includes the holdings of the Leipzig locations since 1913, Frankfurt am Main since 1945, the holdings of the German Music Archives since 1976, as well as the exile publications and the archival records of the German Exilearchiv 1933-1945 in Frankfurt am Main and the collection Exil Literature 1933- 1945 in Leipzig. Included are the monographs, periodicals, maps and atlases, music and phonograms, dissertations and habilitations in printed or electronic form, as well as translations from German into other languages ​​and foreign-language Germanica (since 1941).