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Independent libraries are membership institutions outside the public and academic library systems, often charging a subscription. This does not include the information services of private companies.
The Folger Shakespeare Library
Administered by the trustees of Amherst College, the Folger was a gift to the American people from Henry Clay Folger and his wife Emily Jordan Folger in 1932. Includes news on library projects and background information.
Library of the Boston Athenaeum
A membership and research library with special collections in Boston history, New England state and local history, biography, English and American history, literature, and arts.
The New York Society Library
Subscription library with public access to the reading and reference rooms only; members may borrow books. Information for members and the general public.
Providence Athenaeum (Rhode Island)
An independent membership library; provides a collection of books and other materials to all who love reading, appreciate literature, and enjoy cultural discovery.
The Linen Hall Library
Subscription library with unique collections of books, manuscripts, pamphlets, genealogical sources, graphic images and ephemera for Irish and local studies.
Athenaeum of Philadelphia
Non-profit, member-supported library founded in 1814 to collect materials "connected with the history and antiquities of America, and the useful arts, and generally to disseminate useful knowledge"; online catalog, exhibit information, and grant applications available.
Village Learning Place
A non-profit community-based library, learning center, educational garden, and technology center serving diverse populations in Baltimore, Maryland (US).
American Antiquarian Society
Research library in Massachusetts specialising in American history and culture up to 1876. History, catalogues, online exhibits and guides to the collection.
The London Library
Scholarly subscription library in central London collecting principally in the humanities. History, collections, membership information and online catalogue.
The Wiener Library
Modern Jewish history collection in London with special reference to Nazism and antisemitism. Events, facilities and history of the library.
American Library in Paris
A private, non-profit English-language library in Paris, France since 1920. Information on membership, collections, services, and events.
Independent research library with a focus on the humanities is privately funded, but free and open to the public.
Denver Zine Library
Publicly accessible collection of over 3,000 zines. Includes events schedule, online catalog, or directions.