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LSE Library 

LSE Library (also known as the British Library of Political & Economic Science) is the working Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science and one of the largest libraries in the world devoted to the economic and social sciences.                  The Women's Library@LSE       LSE Digital Library     LSE Research Online      LSE Theses Online



The European Library

The European Library is an Internet service that offers access to the resources of 47 European national libraries. The resources, both digital and non-digital, include books, magazines, journals, audio recordings and other material. The European Library portal offers free searching, and delivers metadata records as well as digital objects: some free, others at cost. The global management of The European Library is based on a consortium of 23 subscribing national libraries, all in charge of maintaining and developing the portal services.     Collections     Libraries     Exhibitions




Europeana enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. It promotes discovery and networking opportunities in a multilingual space where users can engage, share in and be inspired by the rich diversity of Europe's cultural and scientific heritage. Ideas and inspiration can be found within the more than 14.6 million items on Europeana. Around 1500 institutions have contributed to Europeana. Renowned names such as the British Library in London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Louvre in Paris are featured alongside smaller organisations across Europe. Together, their assembled collections allow you to explore Europe's history from ancient times to the modern day. Whether you find a celebrated work or a lesser known object, Europeana always connects you to the original source of the material so you can be sure of its authenticity. The director of the Europeana project is Jill Cousins.     DISCOVER     ACCESS OUR DATA



The British Library

The British Library (BL) is the national library of the United Kingdom. It is based in London and is one of the world's largest research libraries, holding over 150 million items in all known languages and formats; books, journals, newspapers, magazines, sound and music recordings, patents, databases, maps, stamps, prints, drawings and much more. Its book collection is second only to the American Library of Congress. The Library's collections include around 25 million books, along with substantial additional collection of manuscripts and historical items dating back as far as 300 BC. The British Library adds some three million items every year. Advanced Search          Overview of the Collection



The British Museum

The British Museum is a museum of human history and culture in London. Its collections, which number more than seven million objects, are amongst the largest and most comprehensive in the world and originate from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. Until 1997, when the British Library (previously centred on the Round Reading Room) moved to a new site, the British Museum was unique in that it housed both a national museum of antiquities and a national library in the same building. Currently the British Museum has an digital e-Collection Database of 2 million objects, some of which have an interesting 360° overviews.     Collection database Search



Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the de facto national library of the United States and the research arm of the United States Congress. Located in three buildings in Washington, D.C., it is the largest library in the world by shelf space and holds the largest number of books. The Library's primary mission is researching inquiries made by members of Congress through the Congressional Research Service; although it is open to the public, only legislators, Supreme Court justices and other high-ranking government officials may check out books. Through the United States Copyright Office, the Library of Congress also receives copies of every book, pamphlet, map, print, and piece of music registered in the United States.   Digital Collections      World Digital Library



World Digital Library

The World Digital Library (WDL) is an international digital library operated by UNESCO and the United States Library of Congress. The WDL has stated that its mission is to promote international and intercultural understanding, expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the Internet, provide resources for educators, scholars, and general audiences, and to build capacity in partner institutions to narrow the digital divide within and among countries. The library intends to make available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other significant cultural materials.
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National Library of Australia (NLA)

The National Library of Australia, while formally established by the passage of the National Library Act, 1960, had been functioning as a National Library rather than strictly a Parliamentary Library, almost since its inception. In 1901 a Commonwealth Parliamentary Library was established to serve the newly formed Federal Parliament of Australia. From its inception the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library was driven to development of a truly national collection. In 1907 the Joint Parliamentary Library Committee under the Chairmanship of the Speaker, Sir Frederick Holder defined the objective of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library in the following words: the Library Committee is keeping before it the ideal of building up, for the time when Parliament shall be established in the Federal Capital, a great Public Library on the lines of the world-famed Library of Congress at Washington; such a library, indeed, as shall be worthy of the Australian Nation; the home of the literature, not of a State, or of a period, but of the world, and of all time.   Digital Collections      e-Resources



Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF)

The "Bibliothèque nationale de France" (BnF) is the National Library of France, located in Paris. It is intended to be the repository of all that is published in France. It produces a reference catalogue, cooperates with other national and international establishments, and participates in research programs. Gallica, the digital library for online users, was established in 1997. As of August 2009, Gallica made available on the Web about: 120,000 scanned volumes, 65,000 full-text volumes, 1000 audio documents, and 110,000 images.   Documents Numériques sur Gallica      e-Documents by Gallica



European Commission Central Library

The Commission's central library was established in 1958 when the EU institutions were founded. Its collections provide both a historical and contemporary vision of European integration. The Web Site aims to provide all the information you need to visit the library and consult its collections. The library catalogue ECLAS, is continually being improved to serve you better. Don't hesitate to contact us with your comments and suggestions.   ECLAS      Docurama      EUROLIB



European Commission Documentation Centre

Links to EU documents, from legal texts to historical records, the latest EU-wide surveys and opinion polls. You can also order publications from the EU Βookshop.   EU Bookshop      Publications Office



European Commission Historical Archives

The Historical Archives Service of the European Commission has just launched its new website. It gives users an overview of its archival fonds and collections. The search interfaces of ARCHISplus have also been renewed. Users can now search for references to archives, minutes of Commission meetings and speeches of leading figures in a more user friendly environment.   ARCHISplus



World Catalogs



HathiTrust is a shared digital repository (SDR) for storing university library digital content including that from the Google Book Search Project. The concept for HathiTrust evolved from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and operates under the leadership of the Repository Administrators (Indiana University and the University of Michigan), which also provide a large part of the funding. In 2009, this catalog lists more than 4.7 million volumes digitized with about 15% (over 717 000 volumes) are in the public domain and are freely available online.Director of HathiTrust is John Price Wilkin, who has led large-scale digitization initiatives at the University of Michigan since the mid 1990s. "Hathi" is the Hindi word for elephant, an animal famed for its long-term memory.   Advanced Search




WorldCat is a union catalog which itemizes the collections of 71,000 libraries in 112 countries which participate in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) global cooperative. It is built and maintained collectively by the participating libraries. Created in 1971, it contains more than 150 million different records pointing to over 1.4 billion physical and digital assets in more than 470 languages. It is the world's largest bibliographic database. OCLC makes WorldCat itself available free to libraries, but the catalog is the foundation for other fee-based OCLC services (such as resource sharing and collection management). WorldCat was founded by Fred Kilgour in 1967. These references are from the pooling of several library catalogs (55000 to date, including many university libraries) worldwide.   Advanced Search



KVK Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog

Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog (KVK) is a book search engine administered and developed by the library of the University of Karlsruhe. This meta-catalog of libraries and online bookstores worldwide is available since July 26, 1997. It searches a large number of catalogs of research libraries as well as several important national libraries. It is said to encompass 500 million books and serial publications.   KIT Digital Library



Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL)

CERL seeks to share resources and expertise between research libraries with a view to improving access to, as well as exploitation and preservation of the European printed heritage in the hand-press period (up to c. 1830). The organisation was formed in 1992 on the initiative of research libraries in many European countries and legally came into being in June 1994. Welcome to our site.       The CERL Portal



UN Documents

Welcome to UN Documents: Gathering a Body of Global Agreements, a unique hyperlinked searchable collection of more than five hundred key United Nations documents relating to sustainable development, education, human rights, peace, etc., including the agreements from most of the major global conferences organized by the United Nations and a significant number of important conventions / treaties. A significant number of these documents have only previously been available as scanned images - where their contents were mostly generally inaccessible to Internet search engines and from which it was not possible to copy selected text - and have been converted using Optical Character Recognition software.



Google Book Search

Google Book Search is a tool from Google that searches the full text of books that Google scans, converts to text using optical character recognition, and stores in its digital database. The service was formerly known as Google Print when it was introduced at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2004. When relevant to a user's keyword search, up to three results from the Google Book Search index are displayed above search results in the Google Web Search service ( A user may also search just for books at the dedicated Google Book Search service. Clicking a result from Google Book Search opens an interface in which the user may view pages from the book as well as content-related advertisements and links to the publisher's website and booksellers.  Advanced Book Search      Political science      Economics



Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a freely-accessible Web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. Released in beta in November 2004, the Google Scholar index includes most peer-reviewed online journals of the world's largest scientific publishers. It is similar in function to the freely available Scirus from Elsevier, CiteSeer, and get CITED. It is also similar to the subscription-based tools, Elsevier's Scopus and Thomson ISI's Web of Science. Google Scholar nonetheless claims to cover more websites, journal sources and languages.[citation needed] Its advertising slogan — "Stand on the shoulders of giants" — is a nod to the scholars who have contributed to their fields over the centuries, providing the foundation for new intellectual achievements.   Advanced Search



Google News Archive Search

As of June 6, 2006, Google News expanded, adding a News Archive Search feature, offering users historical archives going back more than 200 years from which to peruse. There is also a timeline view, to browse news from various years. An expansion of the service was announced on September 8, 2008, when Google News started to offer indexed content from scanned newspapers. That day, United Airlines, who were the subject of an indexed, archived article, lost and later not quite regained USD $1 billion in market value when a 2002 Chicago Tribune article appeared in the "most viewed" category on the website of the Sun-Sentinel, a sister paper. Google News index's next pass found the link as new news, and Income Security Advisors found the Google result to be new news, which was passed along to Bloomberg News where it was briefly a headline.    Advanced News Archive Search



World Libraries' Directory


Library Servers via WWW

Libweb currently lists over 8000 websites librarie in 146 countries. Libweb Updated daily and also offers a search by keywords. Libweb



The Library Index

LibDex is a directory of libraries with web pages. Links to each library's home page, and to its catalog if that's on the Web too. Browse by country, or search by name. Discover our directory of library across the world as well as an extensive collection of books. Read, write & reviews your favourite readings on Libdex!   Libdex



The WWW Library Directory

The WWW Library Directories is currently indexing over 8800 libraries and library-related Web sites in 130 countries.




library web sites and catalogs is a directory of libraries worldwide. While the majority of the current listings are in North America, the numbers of libraries represented in other parts of the globe is growing. Each listing includes links to the library's website and online catalog. Other information available includes the geographic location, address, library type, current and previous library automation systems used, and the size of the library's collection. Browse by Geographic Region



WorldCat Libraries

WorldCat Libraries is a search engine libraries worldwide. Enter a library name or part of a name, zip/postal code, state or province. Use a comma between different search terms, such as "Columbus, Ohio". Only libraries that have created a profile in the WorldCat Registry are listed in the library search results.If you are a librarian and do not see your library listed, you may create a free WorldCat Registry profile