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Independent Websites

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.
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American Library in Angers, France

A branch of the American Library in Paris, offering activities, a newsletter, and access to the online catalog. Site in French and English.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Linen Hall Library

Subscription library with unique collections of books, manuscripts, pamphlets, genealogical sources, graphic images and ephemera for Irish and local studies.
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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.
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Village Learning Place

A non-profit community-based library, learning center, educational garden, and technology center serving diverse populations in Baltimore, Maryland (US).
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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.
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Mercantile Library of New York

Subscription library dedicated to the promotion of literature. Membership information, facilities and programs.
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The London Library

Scholarly subscription library in central London collecting principally in the humanities. History, collections, membership information and online catalogue.
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The Wiener Library

Modern Jewish history collection in London with special reference to Nazism and antisemitism. Events, facilities and history of the library.
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The Birmingham & Midland Institute Library

Book collection dating from 1799 and music library. Events, membership and location map.
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American Library in Paris

A private, non-profit English-language library in Paris, France since 1920. Information on membership, collections, services, and events.
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The Indian and Colonial Research Center

Research library specializing in Colonial and Native American history.
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The Portico Library and Gallery

A UK subscription library from Manchester featuring 19th century literature, local school exhibits, artist submissions, and gallery.
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America Library of Geneva

A non-profit subscription library based out of Geneva, Switzerland, serving the English speaking community.
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Newberry Library

Independent research library with a focus on the humanities is privately funded, but free and open to the public.
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Denver Zine Library

Publicly accessible collection of over 3,000 zines. Includes events schedule, online catalog, or directions.
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J.R. Ritman Library - Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica

Features a large collection of works in the Hermetic-Christian tradition. Information on exhibitions and scholarly conferences. Online articles and visiting details.
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The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine

Research library in London, open to the public free of charge. Catalogues of books, archives and images.
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