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Local public libraries not only lend books. They help children learn to read, and adults learn English or find a job. Federal libraries gather and preserve special collections.

Local public libraries

Public libraries have:

  • Experts who can help you find the resources you need
  • Research databases
  • Computer stations
  • Books, movies, and music to borrow in print and digital formats
  • English classes
  • Programs and events for kids and all ages based on holidays, historical events, and more

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Federal libraries and archives

Most federal libraries have a specific focus.

Libraries Library offerings

Library of Congress (LOC)

  • The world's largest library
  • Provides unbiased research to Congress
  • Home of the U.S. Copyright Office

Federal depository libraries

Federal information available for free public use in over 1,200 locations

Federal Library and Information Network

Find federal libraries around the world.

National Agricultural Library

One of the world's largest collections devoted to agriculture and related sciences

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

  • Preserves documents with legal and historical value
  • You can research your family history and military records

National Library of Education (NLE)

Locate education information, federal education policy, and statistics

National Library of Medicine

  • Part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • World's largest biomedical library
  • Develops ways to make biomedical information more accessible for research and health care

National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Print Disabled

  • A national network of libraries that loan recorded and braille books, magazines, and playback equipment
  • For those who are blind or physically impaired and cannot use standard print materials

National Transportation Library

Provides access to transportation-related research, reports, data, and reference services

Presidential libraries

Archives and museums displaying documents and artifacts of a president and their administration

LAST UPDATED: December 6, 2023


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