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  • 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.
  • Searchable and browsable directory of more than 2,500 Australian libraries.
  • 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."
  • Striving to recapture the magnificence of the original Library of Alexandria in Egypt, the modern complex includes museums, a planetarium and seven research institutes.
  • The main research library at the University of Oxford. Access the library Catalog and many innovative Digital Library Projects.
  • Provides information about all aspects of the services and collections of the United Kingdom's national library.
  • Located at Victoria University in Toronto, Canada, CRRS holds a wealth of information, both primary and secondary sources, pertaining to the Renaissance and Reformation.
  • 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 beautiful rare book and manuscript research only library, located on the grounds of Madrid's Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
  • 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.
  • Located in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, this library has the largest collection of works by Portuguese writers outside of Portugal.
  • A portal that provides access to the combined resources of the 45 national libraries of Europe, searchable in the languages of the countries represented.
  • Along with being the largest library in Ireland, it serves both the students and international scholars who come to use the rare materials dating back to the 16th century.
  • It contains over 14000 links to websites of libraries around the world, encouraging international co-operation in the dissemination of information.
  • The Library of the Holy See, as well as an institute for research and conservation.

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