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  • "Here you can learn about Islamic medicine and science during the Middle Ages and the important role it played in the history of Europe. This site, with its biographies, colorful images, and extensive historical accounts of medieval medicine and science is designed for students and everyone interested in the history of Islamic and European culture."
  • With locations in Manhattan and Staten Island, Jim Hanley's carries a wide range of current titles, back issues and related merchandise.
  • Though materials only circulate to school students and faculty, others may make appointments to view their unique holdings on music, dance, and drama.
  • This library is self-described as "the world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts & documents. The archives include Literature, Science, Religion, History and Art."
  • A Japanese-language bookstore at a convenient midtown location. Also carries books in English on Japanese history and culture, the Japanese language, martial arts, and other subjects.
  • Near Columbia University, specializing in scholarly and university press books.
  • Digitised images of late medieval manuscripts originating from 15th-century German workshops.
  • A list of public law libraries in Manhattan compiled by the NYU Law Library.

  • The oldest and largest Spanish-language bookstore in the United States.
  • As part of the New York Institute, the library's mission is to "provide and preserve source material and services to support research on the collective history and culture of German-speaking Jewry." It includes a Family Research Department.
  • The Leo Baeck Institute is devoted to studying the history of German-speaking Jewry from its origins to its tragic destruction by the Nazis and to preserving its culture.The 60,000 volume library of the New York Institute is recognized as the foremost reference source in its field.
  • Library of Fordham University Law School.
  • Links to libraries around the world by country.
  • Locate the websites of National Libraries around the world, organized by continent and country.
  • A listing of 18,000 library sites worldwide, arranged by country.
  • A searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 11,000 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries.
  • A useful overview of the profession, including a job description and outlook.
  • Founded in Canada in 2005, LWB seeks to improve access to information worldwide, by forming partnerships with community organizations in developing regions.
  • A project of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, this site provides links to online library exhibitions, browsable in alphabetical order by exhibition title.
  • A beautiful rare book and manuscript research only library, located on the grounds of Madrid's Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
  • Featuring books from the NYPL's own publication division New York books and gifts children's books and toys jewelry, novelties and lots more.
  • Library Spot simplifies the search for reference tools, periodicals and online texts, and information about libraries and library science.
  • A librarian-centered wiki with information on a wide range of topics, including management, collection development, marketing, technology, and programming.
  • Turn your scattered piles of books into a library-quality catalogued collection.
  • "The Juilliard Manuscript Collection"An extraordinary collection of 138 priceless autograph manuscripts, sketches, engravers proofs, and first editions, which were donated to the School in February 2006 by Juilliard Board Chairman Bruce Kovner..."
  • Career development resources for new librarians and information professionals, MLS students & those considering a library-related career.
  • A collaborative weblog devoted to current events and news in the world of Library and Information Science.
  • Surveys the holdings of modern literary manuscripts in British public libraries.
  • The Peter Jay Sharp Library and Evelyn Sharp Performance Library provide students with access to CDs, DVDs, books, and periodicals relating to an array of musical interests.
  • Extensive directory of resources from Humbul Humanities Hub.
  • The first public library in France, this library is currently connected to the Institut de France in Paris and run by the French Ministry of Education.
  • This general bookstore in Nolita comes equipped with a tea house and an active events calendar.
  • "Founded in 1898, MLA is a nonprofit, educational organization of more than 1,100 institutions and 3,600 individual members in the health sciences information field."
  • Library for patients and staff at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
  • Founded in 1820 by merchants and their clerks, this membership library has a circulating collection and sponsors literary events. It also provides low-cost workspace for writers and non-profit literary organizations.
  • "We enjoy tracking down, buying and selling interesting, esoteric and weird books."
  • This New York Metropolitan Reference and Research Library Agency (METRO) site contains links to numerous college, museum, law, medical,technical, and organization libraries, etc.
  • This page provides user information for the various libraries at the Met, including the Watson research library, a Teacher Resource Center, a photograph collection, costume library and more.
  • Located in Times Square and Grand Central, these spacious stores carry a large collection of current titles, back issues, trade paperbacks and toys.
  • Housed in a recently enlarged Midtown location, it boasts one of the world's greatest collections of artistic, literary, musical, and historical works.
  • This is an electronic facsimile of "one of Scotland's great medieval treasures. Written and illuminated in Paris in the 1280s, it also contains full-page miniatures by English artists of the same period, and was one of the most richly decorated manuscripts in medieval Scotland. Medieval additions include probably the second oldest example of Gaelic written in Scotland."
  • All of the library's holdings--including books, periodicals, exhibition catalogues, and the vertical file--are searchable thorugh the MoMAs online database, DADABASE.
  • Specializing in mystery, crime, suspense, espionage, and detective fiction, from their W 56th St. location.
  • As part of the National Archives and Record Administration's Electronic Access Project, NAIL will be the working prototype for a future online catalog of holdings in Washington, DC, the regional records services facilities, and the Presidential libraries.
  • From the U.S. Department of Agriculture, get access to global information on agriculture.
  • A unique free public law library dedicated to making tribal law resources accesible to the public.
  • Available in Dutch or English.
  • With its beginnings "as a place where experimentalists could test their inventions by publication," it also is known for bringing books back into print, relaunching classics, and publishing influential foreign writers in translation.
  • The Academy Library is the only medical library in New York City that is open to the public.
  • The Mertz Library has one of the world's most extensive collections of plant related resources. It is available both for research and general plant information.
  • The premier place to go for New York State genealogical research.
  • News, career information, and other resources for New York State librarians.
  • The Brill library is arguably the largest psychoanalytic library in the world. The 40,000 books and periodicals are available to Institute members and scholarly researchers.
  • Founded in 1754, this subscription library houses around 200,000 volumes.
  • Search for books in BobCat, NYU's online catalog for their main Bobst Library, as well as find information about the university's other research facilities.
  • An independent research library with materials covering local history of New York City and State, as well as the American experience.
  • "a nonprofit membership organization consisting of all types of libraries and information organizations throughout New York State and surrounding areas"
  • For researchers interested in the fine arts, decoration, art history, architectural history, design and theory.
  • Find out about exhibitions currently taking place at HSSL.
  • Search the catalog, as well as access research guides for various art-related categories.
  • The Waldmann Memorial Library has resources to facilitate research, patient care, and dental education.
  • The world's oldest gay and lesbian bookstore has been serving the West Village since 1967.
  • Gateway to the world of early printed books. Links to libraries, special collections, web exhibitions, and other information resources.
  • "Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.It is the world's largest university press. It publishes more than 4,500 new books a year, has a presence in over fifty countries, and employs some 3,700 people worldwide.
  • A collection of 45,000 volumes of poetry, focusing on contemporary American poets, in a cozy SOHO location.
  • This Brooklyn bookstore has books in Polish and to learn Polish.
  • Website of the Bern Dibner engineering library in Brooklyn.
  • Shop the world's largest independent used and new bookstore.
  • Links to the websites of individual Presidential Libraries from Hoover to Clinton. Includes information about hours, locations, and special exhibits.
  • Lists law libraries in New York City which are open to the public. From The Law Library Association of Greater New York.
  • Online version features U.S. and international publishing news, bestseller lists, forecasts, author interviews, and schedules of author appearances.
  • Access to the library catalog, events calendar and research resources. Website is also available in Spanish and Russian.
  • An independent institution offering course programs for professionals including antiquarian booksellers, book collectors, and rare book librarians.
  • Illustrated guide to European collections at the Library of Congress.
  • Located in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, this library has the largest collection of works by Portuguese writers outside of Portugal.
  • Recorded Books is one of the world's largest independent publisher and distributor of unabridged audiobooks on cassettes and CDs, narrated by professional actors. You can purchase or rent.
  • Provides info on new releases. Has a searchable database, authorinterviews, news items, and a chat room.
  • Library contains more than 80,000 taped textbooks in a variety of subjects, from literature and history to math and the sciences, at all academic levels from kindergarten through postgraduate.
  • Specializing in rare books and manuscripts on Spain and Portugal, as well as recently published titles from Portugal.
  • Located in the heart of Manhattan, this bookstore and publishing house offers a beautiful setting and titles in the categories of architecture, art, fashion, interior design, and photography.
  • Supports the research programs of this University, devoted to biomedical research and contributed to 23 Nobel Prizes.
  • A bibliography of articles, books, and electronic documents related to scholarly publishing efforts on the Internet and other networks. Most published between 1990 and the present. Where possible, links are provided to sources available on the web.
  • Browse SVA's online catalog of arts & humanities books, as well as audio-visual materials.
  • An independent bookstore with six locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
  • The website of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing. Includes a fine collection of links to related resources.
  • This Simon & Schuster site is searchable by title, author and genre.Also includes new releases, bestsellers, reading guides and anaudio feature.
  • An introduction to the tools, techniques, and terminology essential for effective book repair. Written for libraries, but useful for all interested in the topic.

  • Extensive audiobook rental company.
  • Only wholesaler in the country devoted exclusively to independently-produced literature. Includes searchable catalog, ordering, links to booksellers' resources, and "Librarians Online" newsletter.
  • Get information abot current and upcoming exhibitions and openings at the Smithsonian Institute's museums & galleries, as well as its affiliate museums and traveling exhibits.
  • Functioning both as a scholarly resource and general information service, SIL combines the resources of 20 libraries into one online catalog. This page provides links to information about each library.
  • A general resource for archives offering publications on standard practices.
  • Founded in New York in 1909, SLA is now an international association "for information resource experts who collect, analyze, evaluate, package, and disseminate information to facilitate accurate decision-making in corporate, academic, and government settings."
  • Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, this store "specializes in Used, Rare and New books on Contemporary Art, Architecture and various Design fields, with an emphasis on Imported or hard-to-find."
  • This East Village store is the place to go for cultural theory, poetry and small press titles, graphic design, and film studies.
  • Library of the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, the oldest Episcopal seminary library in the United States.
  • With locations in the East Village and Brooklyn, this store sells current titles, back issues, trade paperbacks and collectibles.
  • Shop online or at the convenient 2nd Avenue location for Armenian books. The store is part of St. Vartan's Church.
  • State Libraries on the Internet.

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