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  • Opened in 2003, this bookstore in Chelsea also has exhibits and hosts readings, signings, and discussions.
  • An online bookseller committed to serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.
  • A stunning public library in St. Gallen, Switzerland, with 150,000 volumes focusing on medieval studies, palaeography, Church history, and the history of the Abbey of St. Gall.
  • Online exhibition showcasing illustrated books from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries from the special collections of the Libraries of Claremont College.
  • An independent site which searches and compares all major online bookstores. New used and rare searches are possible.
  • Information about library holdings, as well as exhibits and special collections at this Long Island liberal arts college.
  • "World's largest network of independent booksellers".
  • "APIS is a collections-based repository hosting information about and images of papyrological materials (e.g. papyri, ostraca, wood tablets, etc) located in collections around the world. It contains physical descriptions and bibliographic information about the papyri and other written materials, as well as digital images and English translations of many of these texts."
  • The best of African publishing - over 1,400 titles immediately available from UK warehouse.
  • Information from the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works on how to select a conservation practitioner. Contact information for the AIC office is given on request, they will provide a geographic listing of conservators, by specialization, who can provide the type of service required.
  • Shop the inventory of thousands of booksellers from one secure and reliable source.
  • Browse the popular videos or search for more.
  • Since July 1995 Amazon has been selling books music videos and other products. This site contains links to Amazon's international sites.
  • "The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information."
  • 50,000 volumes, as well as two rare book collections comprise this reading room only research libary, covering a wide range of topics on American Jewry.
  • At 64,000 members, the ALA has assumed the role of leadership for libraries in the United States. Their website includes many resources for education, employment, and professional development.
  • The collection contains over 485,000 volumes, including books, journals, pamphlets, and reprints and is rich in retrospective materials, some dating to the 15th century. Major topics covered in the collection are zoology, geology and mineral sciences, paleontology, history of science, anthropology and astronomy.
  • This site includes several services for those who collect or conduct research through old and rare books. It includes a search engine of book auctions which enables users to search listings from over 80 worldwide auction houses with one search.
  • Links to online book dealers, searchable by specialty or location. Includes online catalog of available antiquarian books.
  • "A not-for-profit literary press dedicated to promoting cross-cultural exchange through international literature in translation"
  • "ARLIS/NA is a dynamic organization of over 1,000 individuals devoted to fostering excellence in art and design librarianship and image management."
  • Homepage for the library at Columbia Law School.
  • Richly detailed site examining the publishing and production of books in Britain during the 19th century.
  • This database provides "a list of home pages for Association of American University Presses member presses and some other academic presses."
  • AMIA "is a non-profit professional association established to advance the field of moving image archiving by fostering cooperation among individuals and organizations concerned with the acquisition, preservation, exhibition and use of moving image materials."
  • "ARL is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries at comprehensive, research-extensive institutions in the US and Canada that share similar research missions, aspirations, and achievements."
  • "Audible is your home for premium digital audio entertainment and information. Choose from more than 25,000 best-selling digital audioboooks, radio shows, audio versions of popular magazines, daily newspapers, and more."
  • A fee-based service that includes 4,500 audiobooks and 14,000 other audio programs in a broad range of subjects. Available for downloading to a computer, for transfer to a player, or for burning onto a CD.
  • Offers over 6,000 titles of abridged and unabridged books on tape.Searchable by subject categories, author or title.
  • Online resource center for listeners and professionals. Links to otherresources such as the Bowker Audio Book Title Locator.
  • Features audio book rentals.
  • Searchable and browsable directory of more than 2,500 Australian libraries.
  • Books for and about children, and numerous resources for parents and teachers. At Broadway and 112th.
  • Founded in 1074, this Austrian jewel is an "historical monument to book culture" and "one of the largest late Baroque works of art in Europe."
  • The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature at the New York Public Library is one of America's most celebrated collections of first editions, rare books, autograph letters, and manuscripts. Site includes online finding aids and a summary of recent acquisitions.
  • Provides information on building digital collections, current library awareness, catalogs, indexes, and ongoing discussion, research, and development.
  • The premier online marketplace for buying and selling used, rare, and out-of-print books. You can also search their network of independent bookstores.
  • Striving to recapture the magnificence of the original Library of Alexandria in Egypt, the modern complex includes museums, a planetarium and seven research institutes.
  • Blackwell's Bookshops is a group of over 80 academic, professional and specialist bookshops based on university campuses and high street locations throughout the UK.
  • This self-proclaimed radical bookstore in the Lower East Side is also an activist center and fair trade cafe.
  • The main research library at the University of Oxford. Access the library Catalog and many innovative Digital Library Projects.
  • Links to over a thousand manuscripts arranged by century and country of origin.
  • A gateway site which links to many book arts sites on the Web, including educational programs, professional organizations, reference materials, and online exhibitions and galleries.
  • "The Book Industry Study Group, a membership-supported, not-for-profit research organization, is comprised of organizations from every sector of the publishing community. Its goal is to provide accurate and current research information about the industry for its members and others." Site includes a directory of publishers' archives.
  • Covers history of printing, publishing, paper, binding, book trade, etc., with related links.
  • A general independent bookstore in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, this store has a commitment to Brooklyn authors and hosts a reading series.
  • Comprehensive collection of links to sites and resources related to book collecting.
  • New York City's oldest and largest independent children's bookstore, specializing in children's literature both new and old.
  • Extensive selection of unabridged audio books searchable bygenre, author, title, subject matter. Also provides book descriptions,recommended reading, bestsellers and award winners.
  • Independent bookstores for independent minds. . .online. Links to independent bookseller websites. Contains news about local authors, store events, and staff recommendations.
  • Bowker's comprehensive online portal into the book industry. Provides librarians, publishers, booksellers, authors, and general book enthusiasts with the resources they need, including links to Booksinprint.com, Ulrichsweb.com, Library Journal and Publisher's Weekly, literary journals and reviews, and a directory of book sites around the world. Users can also search updated bestseller lists, find listings of literary events, and read author interviews.
  • "One of the oldest and most distinguished independent libraries in the United States." The collection includes materials on Boston History, and the facility hosts lectures, concerts, and houses an art gallery. Tourists are welcome on the first floor and galleries only.
  • With offices in New York, London, Paris and Berlin, the Bridgeman Art Library is a fee-based archive of fine art images, available both on and offline.
  • Provides information about all aspects of the services and collections of the United Kingdom's national library.
  • Access the online catalog and user information.
  • The gateway to all 60 locations of the Brooklyn Public Library, including the library catalog, events calendar, and electronic resources.
  • The online catalog for examination preparation guides from the National Learning Corporation. Includes civil service exams, aptitude tests, armed forces tests, and high school and college equivalency.
  • An online Spanish language bookstore.
  • The first non-profit organization of its kind site includes schedules of upcoming classes, workshops, exhibitions, and lectures, plus an online history of past exhibits.
  • Located at Victoria University in Toronto, Canada, CRRS holds a wealth of information, both primary and secondary sources, pertaining to the Renaissance and Reformation.
  • Library for the Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.
  • Links to web pages for all of the CUNY libraries, the library catalog, and electronic journals and reference databases.
  • From the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, a site including articles by experts in the field, a glossary of book collecting terms, a collector's FAQ, and links.
  • Also called the Gottesman Libraries, this is one of the country's most comprehensive collections for educational research.
  • Library homepages, catalogs, electronic resources, and other services.
  • A consortium of libraries in New York State with a combined catalog.
  • A branch of The Smithsonian Institution Libraries, its 70,00 volumes "cover American and European design and decorative arts with concentrations in architecture, graphic design, interior design, ornamental patterns, furniture, wallcoverings, textiles, metalwork, glass, ceramics, and jewelry."
  • CLMP is an organization designed to facilitate the publishing process for independent literary presses.
  • An on-going project at Princeton aimed at increasing knowledge of the history of the collections in university libraries. A database of American Libraries before 1876 is currently available.
  • From the collections of the British Library, descriptions of and images from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.
  • Home to books and movies in around 60 different languages, this hidden treasure brings delight to people from around the world.
  • Have a layover at Port Authority Bus Terminal? Drop by the Drama Book Shop, only a block away. Your source for materials on all aspects of the performing arts since 1917.
  • "This site provides access to over 80 early manuscripts now in institutions associated with the University of Oxford."
  • Library Homepage for NYU School of Medicine.
  • A calendar of all current exhibitions, including exhibitions on tour plus an archive of online exhibitions on subjects including Bob Hope, the Gettysburg Address, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • The Gladys Marcus Library has traditional holdings in the arts and humanities, as well as special collections related to the fashion business and design.
  • Provides listings of public events, library resources including the library's catalog HAMNET, information about publications such as Shakespeare Quarterly, and about educational programs for teachers and students.
  • This store located near Union Square carries a wide range of current titles, Manga, graphic novels and toys.
  • This Columbia Heights/Red Hook, Brooklyn neighborhood used book store also sells wine, beer, coffee, tea, and corn dogs!
  • Located in Rockefeller Center, this bookstore has maps, dictionaries, adult and children's books in French, Spanish, and German.
  • The Haskell library at the Alliance Francaise specializes in materials on contemporary France. Members may borrow materials and others may consult them onsite.
  • Its mission has always been to gather photographs of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and illuminated manuscripts executed between the fourth and the mid-twentieth century by European and American artists to collate with each photograph facts relating to the objects history and present location and to create a comprehensive research library for the study of Western art.
  • An online bookshop featuring the best new books for the scholarly avant-garde and other theoretically-minded readers.
  • A subscription library with more than 120,000 volumes of current fiction, non-fiction, trade, and technical-related research materials, as well as a beautiful reading room.
  • Find books and movies in German and English translation covering current topics in Germany.
  • A longtime champion of experimental and controversial literature. (A Finnegan's Wake reading group meets on the premises.)
  • Dedicated to the book arts, this collection of nearly 100,000 volumes is available to Club members and qualified researchers.
  • Find half-priced used books and textbooks from Ebay's online bookstore.
  • With an emphasis on the literature and culture of the U.S., Britain, and France, this library on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin boasts an extraordinary collection of manuscripts, rare books, photographs, artwork, and the theatre arts.
  • Description of the Hebrew and Jewish manuscript collection held at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge University Library.
  • Magazines, newspapers, and books in Hindi, Gujrati, Bengali, Telegu, Tamil, Malayalam, and Urdu.
  • This Soho store's appealing physical space includes spiral staircases and mahogany balconies, and all of the stores profits go towards programs for homeless people with HIV/AIDS.
  • One of the nation's largest retailers in African-American titles, recently opened its new store in Harlem.
  • This "major international exhibition brings together more than 130 dazzling manuscripts, drawings, and paintings from 49 lenders worldwide, including the British Library, the Louvre, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It provides the first comprehensive look at the greatest epoch in Flemish manuscript illumination: the period between 1470 and 1560, when illuminators transformed the appearance of the illustrated page with a new naturalism that captured the imagination of collectors across Europe." From the J. Paul Getty Museum.
  • "The IPA amplifies the power of independent publications so as to foster a more just, open and democratic society."
  • Find available grants and other services to enhance your library.
  • The ICP library is the only library in New York City that is dedicated to the practice of photography. It is open to the public by appointment only.
  • The focus of this scholarly site "is on the process used to study the ancient manuscripts upon which the New Testament is based. While the language discussed is Greek, almost everything is explained with transliterations into English and, where applicable, translations from standard English Bibles."
  • Images of Gaelic manuscripts in Irish Script.

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