Alabama Archives – Located in Montgomery, Alabama. Strengths: Alabama history including an extensive collection of primary and secondary sources on the African-American experience from Reconstruction through the 1970s; genealogy; military records; and teacher resources. Research affiliation: Research Library Group.
American Academy in Rome Library – The Library acquires approximately 2,000 volumes per year and holds subscriptions to approximately 600 current periodicals. The Library houses noteworthy collections in contemporary art and architecture, landscape architecture, Italian history and literature, American literature, historical travel books, and music. Research affiliation: Research Library Group.
American Antiquarian Society – Worcester, Massachusetts – An independent research library focusing on American history, literature, and culture from the colonial period through 1876. Established in 1812, its collections include books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, broadsides, manuscripts, music, children’s literature, graphic arts, genealogy and local history. Research affiliation: Research Library Group.
American Jewish Historical Society – A membership organization founded in 1892; maintains a museum, archives and research library with collections dating from the sixteenth century to the present. Located at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA. Open to the public without charge throughout the year. Research affiliation: Research Library Group.
American Philosophical Society Library – Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A collection which dates from the Society’s founding in 1743. Includes first editions of Sir Isaac Newton’s ‘Principia’ and Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species.’ Areas of particular strength: 18th and 19th century natural history, the history of genetics and eugenics in America, quantum mechanics, and the development of cultural anthropology in America. Research grants and fellowships are available. Research affiliation: Research Library Group.
American University in Cairo – Notable collections include the Creswell Library of Islamic Art and Architecture, and the collections of Max Debbane, Selim Hassan, Labib Habachi, Mahmoud Saba, and Hassan Fathy. Research affiliation: Research Library Group.
Arizona State University Libraries – Principal facilities located in Tempe, Arizona. The ASU Libraries contain over 3.1 million volumes. Areas of specialization include urban planning, environmental design and architecture; government documents (local, state, federal and United Nations); East Asia; and Chicano collections. The engineering library houses a map collection that dates from 1619. Some of the material is available on line and through inter-library loan. Research affiliations: Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Research Library Group.
Art Institute of Chicago – Ryerson and Burnham Libraries – Located in Chicago, Illinois. The Ryerson Library (built 1901) and the Burnham Library of Architecture (1912) form a significant research collection consisting of more than 220,000 volumes and 1,500+ current serial publications. Special emphasis is placed on 18th-20th century architecture and 19th century painting, prints and drawings. There is also a special collection of 430,000 slides used by the staff and faculty of the Art Institute and selectively available to researchers. The Institute hosts many public events and programs. Memberships are available. Research affiliation: Research Library Group.
Auburn University Libraries – The combined collections of the Auburn Libraries contain more than 2.2 million volumes, 1.4 million government documents, 2.9 million microforms and 134,000 maps. Subcriptions are maintained to 19,000 current serials and 150 current newspapers. Access to the World Wide Web and on-line databases is available through out the Library Specialized collections include veterinary medicine (30,000 volumes and 500 current serial subscriptions); and architecture, design and construction (35,000 volumes, 85 serials and over 70,000 slides). Research affiliation: Research Library Group.
Autry Museum of Western Heritage – Devoted to preserving and interpreting the history and traditions of the diverse cultures of the American West. Memberships and study programs available. Research affiliation: Research Library Group.
Bard Graduate Center for Studies of the Decorative Arts – Located in Manhattan, New York City, New York. Established in 1993, the Center promotes scholarship in the decorative arts through sponsorship of symposia, lectures, exhibition tours and public programs. The Graduate Center Library consists of approximately 25,000 volumes of monographs and bound periodicals and 170 serial subscriptions. Online access is available to the New York Reference and Research Library Agency. Open to the general public by appointment. Research affiliation: Research Library Group
Binghamton University Libraries – Located in Binghamton, New York. The combined collections of the Bartle and the Science libraries include 1,669,000 volumes, 1,698,000 microform documents, and more than 600,000 other documents, sound recordings and maps. Of particular note are the Link Collections (aviation business and underwater archaeology, approximately 25,000 items ), the Max Reinhardt Archives and Library (theater, over 240,000 documents) and the Haggerty Collection of French Colonial History (some 20,000 items, most from the mid 1800’s through the mid 1950’s). Research affiliation: Research Library Group.
Boston College Law Library – Located in Newton Centre (Boston), Massachusetts. The general collection contains approximately 348,000 volumes. Electronic access is provided to indices and abstracts of US congressional publications, Hein’s United States Treaty Index, and several other CD-Rom collections. The microform collection includes UN and US congressional documents, US Supreme Court briefs and session laws from all of the United States. Research affiliations: Research Library Group, New England Library Consortium.
Boston Public Library – Principal facilities located in Boston, Massachusetts. Besides acting as a circulating library for the Boston area (25 branches), BPL hosts a huge collection of rare books, manuscripts, maps, musical scores and prints, including several first edition folios by William Shakespeare. Research collections include Americana, anarchism, architecture, biography, Boston and Massachusetts history, children’s literature, music, the performing arts, politics, religion and social action. Research affiliations: Association of Research Libraries, Research Library Group.
Bowdoin College Library Gateway – Located in Brunswick, Maine, USA. Research collections include the early history of Bowdoin, Massachusetts, and Maine, the Civil War and Reconstruction period, 19th century American literary life, and the Arctic.
Bowling Green State University Libraries – Federal selective depository library since 1933 and Ohio state depository since 1953. Federal materials include all census reports since 1790, U.S. treaties, and many areas of current interest. Rare book archives include the Ockuly Franklin D. Roosevelt collection (1914-1980). Other holdings include: the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives, the Popular Culture Library, and the collections of Ogg Science Library. Research affiliations: Center for Research Libraries.
The Brandeis University Libraries – Located in Waltham, Massachusetts. Over sixty specialized collections are grouped into four broad categories (Judaica, history, literature, and creative arts) and include significant holdings on Louis D. Brandeis, and Benjamin Disraeli, and Leonardo da Vinci, as well as collections of Albert Einstein’s papers, and Yiddish Sheet Music, among others. Research affiliations: Association of American Universities, Center for Research Libraries, Research Library Group.
Brigham Young University – Research affiliations: Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Research Library Group.
British Library – Official depository of the United Kingdom and one the largest research institutions in the world. Maintains extensive collections of primary and secondary resource materials dealing with most areas of intellectual inquiry. Research affiliation: Research Library Group.
British Library for Development Studies – Collection of government publications, journals, and the published outputs of NGOs and research institutes worldwide, supplemented by substantial holdings of United Nations and World Trade Organization publications.
British Library of Political and Economic Science – Located in London, England. Founded in 1896, it is now part of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Collections consist of approximately one million bound volumes and 28,000 journals dealing with all areas of the social sciences. Areas of particular of emphasis include economics; international, political, economic and social history; international law; social policy and public administration; sociology; and economic, political and social statistics. The library also collects official documentation from governments and international agencies worldwide. Research affiliation: Research Library Group.
Brooklyn Museum of Art – Maintains one of the finest collections of Egyptian art in the world, as well as extensive collections of classical and middle eastern art, art of Africa, the Americas and the Pacific, decorative arts and textiles. Research affiliation: Research Library Group.
Brown, John Carter, Library – An independent research library affiliated with Brown University. Maintains a closed stack collection consisting of some 45,000 volumes dealing with North and South American history, and European history as it relates to the Americas, prior to 1825. Research affiliation: Research Library Group.
Brown University – Particular emphasis placed on research in history and area studies, the humanities, science and medicine, and the social sciences. Research affiliations: Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries.
California State Archives – A division of the Office of the Secretary of State, provides a repository for the state’s permanent governmental records as well as other materials documenting California history.
Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information – Collections in the physical and life sciences, the health sciences, and engineering technology from published sources around the world. One of the largest research facilities in North America, its collections include more than 13,000 current serials, 700,000 books and manuscripts and over 2 million technical reports on microfiche. Much of the information is available to the general public and the Institute has an expanding web presence. Research affiliation: Association for Research Libraries.
Canadian Centre for Architecture – An international research collection related to the history of architecture, its theory, practice and published records from the fifteenth century to the present, all of which can be accessed electronically. Particular emphasis has been placed on resources from Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy, and the United States, but material from other areas of the world are also included. Research affiliation: Research Library Group.
Carleton University – Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In addition to contemporary materials, several special collections are maintained, including scholarly facsimiles of major medieval manuscripts in religion, paleography and art history; 17th and 18th century British history; 17th and 18th century Russian travel and description; French Revolutionary history; 19th century Canadian history; early Canadian literature; the Batchinsky Collection of over half a million items dealing with 19th and 20th century Ukrainian history and politics; and the Novosti Collection of materials dealing with Soviet society from 1917-1991. Research affiliation: Center for Research Libraries.
Carnegie-Mellon University – Specialized collections in biology, chemistry, engineering and technology, the arts, business, and social sciences. Research affiliations: Association of American Universities, Center for Research Libraries.
Case Western Reserve University – Maintains links to digital databases in the arts and humanities, business, government resources, health sciences, law, science and technology, and the social sciences. Research affiliations: Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries.
Catholic University of America Library – The center for Catholic higher education in the United States. Maintains extensive collections chemistry, physics, engineering, architecture and mathematics, library studies and information science, music, as well as nursing and biology. Research affiliation: Association of American Universities.
CERLIM – Centre for Research in Library and Information Management – Established in 1993 to undertake research with a practical focus to support operational work in all kinds of library and information services, the Centre sponsors the Libraries Without Walls conferences, publishes a number of reports and provides consultancy to institutions providing specialized research degrees. Research affliations: European Commission Libraries Programme, and the British Library and Information Commission.
Columbia University – Maintains specialized collections related to area studies, architecture and art, biology, chemistry, business and economics, history and humanities, geology and geoscience, health sciences, law, journalism, and other areas. Research affiliations: Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Research Library Group.
Cornell University – Research collections include Africana, industrial and labor relations, society and economics, engineering, entomology, the fine arts, law, management sciences, mathematics, medicine, music, and the physical sciences. Special collections include rare books and manuscripts, veterinary science. Research affiliations: Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries.
Dartmouth College – Research affiliation: Association of Research Libraries, Research Library Group.
Duke University – Research affiliations: Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Research Library Group.
Dumbarton Oaks – Research library and museum with important collections in Byzantine studies, pre-Columbian studies, and landscape architecture. Includes online catalog, collection overviews, general information for visitors, and lists of conferences and publications, some of which are free to download.
Florida International University Libraries – Principal facilities are located in Miami, Florida. Principal areas of research include religious studies, Latin American history and Everglades restoration. Research affiliation: Center for Research Libraries.
Frick Art Reference Library – Founded in 1920 as a memorial to Henry Clay Frick, “to encourage and develop the study of the fine arts, and to advance the general knowledge of kindred subjects.” Maintains a large and diverse collection of works and reference materials executed between the fourth and the mid-twentieth century by European and American artists. Research affiliation: Research Library Group.
Harvard University Research Programs – A list of web sites for the extensive range of research programs associated with the University. Research affiliation: Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Research Libraries Group.
Indiana University – Bloomington – Particular emphasis is placed on medicine, the physical sciences, the social sciences and humanities. Research affiliation: Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Research Library Group.
Library Company of Philadelphia – An independent research library with collections documenting the history and background of American culture from the colonial period to the end of the nineteenth century. Holdings include approximately 500,000 volumes in a wide variety of formats, 75,000 graphics, 160,000 manuscripts, and a small collection of early American art and artifacts. Research affiliation: Research Library Group.
Library of Congress – Research affiliations: Association of Research Libraries, Research Library Group.
Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library – Provides research resources including journals, technical reports, conference proceedings, standards, and bibliographic databases. Includes resources developed by the Library Without Walls Project, which conducts digital library research and development.
McGill University Libraries – Research collections include the ‘Blackader-Lauterman Collection of Architecture and Art’, several sections of Canadiana, several groups of works dealing with Napoleon, Black history the ‘History of Ideas’ and ‘History of the Book’ collections which include works by David Hume, Gregor Malantschuk Søren Kierkegaard, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and many others. In addition, are extensive holdings in Canadian, English, French, German, and Yiddish literature, historic manuscripts, rare maps, prints, and works of social and political history. Research affiliations: Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries.
Michigan State University – Research collections include Africana, fine arts, government documents and international studies, labor and industrial relations, agricultural economics, business, chemistry, engineering, geology, biological studies, mathematics, physics and astronomy, planning and design, and veterinary medicine. Research affiliations: Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries.
National Library of Scotland – Founded over 300 years ago as the Library of the Faculty of Advocates, the institution acquired its present name in 1925 and is today on of Great Britain’s premier research libraries. Collections include Scottish bibliographies, manuscripts, maps, rare books, science, and government documents depository.
New York University – Research collections include law, medical and dental studies, environmental medicine, real estate, mathematics, the fine arts, conservation, and near-Eastern studies. Research affiliations: Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Research Library Group.
Newberry Library – An independent research library and educational institution located in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Strengths include: genealogy, European exploration and settlement of the Americas; the American West; literature and history of the Midwest; Native American history and literature; the Renaissance; the French Revolution; Portuguese and Brazilian history; British literature and history; the history of cartography; the history and theory of music; the history of printing; and early philology and linguistics. The collections number 1,500,000 printed titles, five million manuscript pages, and more than 300,000 historic maps. Research affiliation: Research Library Group.
Northwestern University Library – Research collections include African studies; art, architecture, design, and photography; elementary and secondary teaching materials, the Joseph Schaffner Library of business and management science; Seeley G. Mudd Library for Science and Engineering; the Pritzker Legal Research Center; and transportation, government documents, and rare books and manuscripts. Research affiliations: Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries.
Princeton University – Research facilities include access to extensive databases, as well as hard-copy resources dealing with architecture, area studies (African, African-American, Jewish, Latin American, Near East, New Jersey, Oriental and East Asian, Russian, and Slavic), art and archaeology, astrophysics, biology, chemistry, children’s literature, digital map and geospatial data, the geosciences, economics and finance, engineering, the European Union, the fine arts, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender studies, history, industrial relations, rare manuscript, music, numismatics, philosophy, plasma physics, psychology, public administration, public and international affairs, population research, public policy, theatre, the United Nations, United States government documents, Western Americana, and women’s studies. Research affiliations: Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Research Library Group.
PubMed – National Library of Medicine – Search service that provides access to over 10 million citations in MEDLINE, PreMEDLINE, and other related databases, with links to participating online journals. Research affiliation: Center for Research Libraries.
Rice University’s Fondren Library – Collections include audiovisuals, music recordings, scores and other special formats. Rare books, manuscripts, and university archives are maintained at the Woodson Research Center. The library is a selective depository for U.S. and Texas government publications and a depository for U.S. patents and trademarks. Research affiliations: Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Research Library Group.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – Holds and provides access to books, serials and microforms containing information by and about people of African descent throughout the world, concentrating on the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. Geographically, the collection emphasizes the Americas, the Caribbean and, Sub-Saharan Africa. Research affiliation: New York Public Library.
The SIPRI Library – Offers information on the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
Smithsonian Institution Libraries – Supporting research and exhibitions in a broad range of history and culture disciplines. In Washington, DC. Research affiliations: Association of Research Libraries, Research Library Group.
Software Engineering Institute – Research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University, established in 1984 by the U.S. Department of Defense. Collection includes primary and secondary materials dealing with issues of development, management, and analysis in software engineering.
Stanford University: Libraries – Maintains links to extensive electronic databases, and maintains broad selections of conventional and rare materials in support of specialized research centers concerned with engineering, the humanities, medicine, the physical sciences, and the social sciences. Research affiliations: Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, Research Libraries Group.
State Library of Florida – Online catalog and other resources available from the State Library. Includes special Floridiana collection featuring historic materials, online maps and state government publications.
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill – Specialized collections include academic affairs, health sciences, law, and North Carolina authors, and Southern studies research. Research affiliations: Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries.
University of Texas – Austin – Research affiliations: Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Research Library Group.
University of Texas at El Paso Library – Maintains significant special collections include the Chicano Collection, the Judaica Collection, the S. L. A. Marshall Military History Collection, and the Southwest and Border Studies Collections.
Wisconsin Historical Society Library – Contains approximately 3.4 million items relating to the history and prehistory of North America and serves as the American history library for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The Wolfsonian – A division of Florida International University. Supports research in art and design as a means of understanding the cultural, political, and technological changes of the period between 1885 and 1945. Collections contain some 70,000 items, drawn mostly from Europe and North America. Research affiliation: Research Library Group.
Yale University Library – New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Specialized collections and libraries in areas including the arts, anthropology, Babylonian culture, divinity, drama, regional studies, engineering, law, music, medicine, ornithology, and statistics. Research affiliations: Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Research Library Group.
Yeshiva University – Specialized collections support research in business, law, medicine and Hebraica/Judaica. Research affiliation: Research Library Group.