Department of English

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25.0 Major Libraries

All figures of books owned are approximations, based on those published in The World of Learning, 46th ed. (London: Europa, 1996) and World Guide to Libraries, l2th ed. (Munich: Saur, 1995).


Note: The web-sites given are largely to enable catalogue access, although in some cases, catalogue access is not available. For an index of 17,000 libraries worldwide, see http://www.libdex.com/  

Canada

Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library: 1,500,079; fine art; theatre; Canadiana; Conan Doyle; Gay and Lesbian; Playpool (drama). http://www.tpl.toronto.on.ca/  

McGill University, Montreal: 2.7 million volumes; history of printing (Colgate Collection). http://www.library.mcgill.ca/  

McMaster University, Hamilton: 1,610,081; 18th century; Bertrand Russell; Samuel Beckett. http://www.mcmaster.ca/library/  

National Library of Canada, Ottawa: over 14,500,000 items; Canadiana (national union catalogue); copyright library. http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/index-e.html  

Queen's University, Kingston: 3,092,933; Canadiana; pre-1700 and rare books; John Buchan; fantasy. http://library.queensu.ca/  

Toronto Public: Osborne Collection of Children's Books (published catalogue); Judith Merril collection of science fiction. http://www.tpl.toronto.on.ca  

University of British Columbia: 3,113,492; Canadiana; Victorian poetry (Colbeck Collection, published catalogue). http://www.library.ubc.ca  

University of Toronto: 7,924,300; 1880-1920; Anglo-Irish; Shakespeare and Elizabethan London; Canadiana; Voltaire; Rousseau; history of science. http://www.library.utoronto.ca  

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U.S.

Brown University (rare books in John Carter Brown Library): 2,548,269; Americana; Harris Collection of American poetry. http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/University_Library  

California, Berkeley: 7,697,027; published catalogue; Mark Twain. http://www.lib.berkeley.edu  

California, Los Angeles: 6,179,973; published catalogue; especially strong in 19th-century novels (Sadleir collection); includes the important separate Clark Library of books 1660-1740; fellowships. http://www.library.ucla.edu  

Chicago, University of: over 5,700,000; Restoration plays. http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/index.html  

Columbia: 6,600,000; history of printing. http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb  

Cornell: 5,300,000; French Revolution; Wordsworth & Coleridge; Dreiser; F. M. Ford; Samuel Johnson; Joyce; Kipling; W. Lewis; Pope; Shaw. http://campusgw.library.cornell.edu/  

Harvard (Widener Library; rare books & mss. in Houghton Library): 12,605,537; strong almost everywhere, especially Renaissance. http://lib.harvard.edu  

University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Library: 8,281,455, Shakespeare. http://gateway.library.uiuc.edu  

Indiana (rare books in Lilly Library): 5,554,069 vols.; 6,705,432 manuscripts. http://www.indiana.edu/~iulfc/libraries

Kansas: 2,960,765; novels, science fiction http://www.lib.ku.edu/   

Library of Congress: 29,000,000; copyright library; published catalogues; National Union Catalog. http://lcweb.loc.gov/  

Michigan (rare books in Clements Library): 6,700,000; published catalogue; strong in plays, 1660-1800; Americana, including Faulkner and Frost; English and American Drama. http://www.lib.umich.edu  

Minnesota: 5,176,536. Children's Literature; Literary manuscripts. http://www.lib.umn.edu  

New York Public Library: 11,300,000; published catalogues; theatre & drama; Berg Collection (very rich in English literature of 19th & 20th centuries). http://www.nypl.org  

State U of New York, Buffalo: modern mss., particularly poetry, but also James Joyce. http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries  

Princeton: 5,000,000; Americana, Victorian novels; theatre; Beardsley; Sylvia Beach and Win. Cowper collections. http://libweb.princeton.edu  

Texas (rare books and mss. in Humanities Research Center): 6,835,983; 18th century and post-1850; very rich in modern literary mss. and printed books. http://www.lib.utexas.edu  

Virginia: 4,000,000; novels (esp. Gothic); Victorian fiction; Americana; Faulkner; history of printing. http://www.lib.virginia.edu  

Yale (rare books and mss. in Beinecke Library): 10,500,544; Centre for British Art (illustrated books); 18th century (James Boswell); 19th century (Thomas Hardy, Robert Louis Stevenson). http://www.library.yale.edu  

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Public Research Libraries (U.S.)

See also Libraries on the Web: USA State for access to the USA state library system. http://lists.webjunction.org/libweb/usa-state.html

Boston Public: 4,153,674; Americana; Defoe. http://www.bpl.org  

Chicago Public: 4,764,000. http://www.chipublib.org/cpl.html  

Cleveland Public: 2,768,414; folklore. http://www.cpl.org  

Detroit Public: 2,655,156; Canadiana. http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us  

Free Library of Philadelphia: 3,196,000; Americana; Dickens; Goldsmith; Poe; children's literature. http://www.library.phila.gov  

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Specialized Libraries (U.S.)

Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.: published catalogue; Shakespeare; English Renaissance; Dryden; English plays, 1641-1700; British civilization, 1500-1700; fellowships. http://shakespeare.folger.edu/  

Huntington Library, San Marino [Los Angeles], California: 356,707 rare books; Medieval and Renaissance; illustrated books; English art; British drama; Western Americana; British and American history and literature generally; fellowships. Partly Catalogued under RLIN. [U of T Library Home Page; Resources; Other Library Catalogues] http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=544&linkidentifier=id&itemid=544   

Library Company of Philadelphia: esp. 1740-1870; Civil War. http://www.librarycompany.org  

Metropolitan Museum, New York: published catalogue. http://www.metmuseum.org/education/er_lib.asp  

Newberry Library, Chicago: over 1,400,000; Renaissance, 18th and 19th centuries; history of printing (published catalogue); fellowships. http://www.newberry.org/  

Pierpont Morgan Library, New York: English literature; illustrated books; Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts; printing, typography, and fine bindings; Dickens; Scott; Ruskin; The Brontes; Austen; Thoreau; Gilbert & Sullivan. http://www.morganlibrary.org  

Rosenbach Museum, Philadelphia: rarissima (Conrad, Dickens, Joyce mss.) http://www.rosenbach.org/main.html  

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Britain


Bodleian Library (Oxford University): 6,000,000; copyright library; very strong in Elizabethan literature. http://library.ox.ac.uk/  

The British Library, Humanities and Social Sciences, London: over 13,000,000; published catalogue; copyright library; strong in all English periods, and many foreign. [U of T Library Home Page; UTL Catalogue; Resources; Other Library Catalogues] http://blpc.bl.uk  

Cambridge University Library: 5,204,000; copyright library. http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/Catalogues/OPAC  

John Rylands University Library of Manchester: 3,500,000; medieval. http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/  

National Art Library [Victoria and Albert Museum], London: 1,000,000 art and design; Dyce and Forster collections. http://www.vam.ac.uk/nal/catalogues/index.html

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh: 6,000,000; copyright library; Scottish books and mss. http://www.nls.uk/  Limited catalogue at http://main-cat.nls.uk/  

National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth: c. 5,000,000; Welsh copyright library; Welsh books and mss. http://www.llgc.org.uk/index.php?id=2  

University of London Library: over 1,700,000; education; magic; Elizabethan-Jacobean literature, esp. Shakespeare and Francis Bacon. http://www.ull.ac.uk/  

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Ireland
 
National Library of Ireland, Dublin: c. 500,000; Irish books and mss. http://www.nli.ie/en/homepage.aspx  

Trinity College, Dublin: 3,300,000; British copyright library; 18th century. http://www.tcd.ie/Library/  

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Others


Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Florence: 5,000,000. http://www.bncf.firenze.sbn.it/  

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome: 4,500,000. http://www.bncrm.librari.beniculturali.it  

Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire, Strasbourg, Section Sciences Humaines: 3,000,000. http://www.bnu.fr/

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris: 9,000,000; copyright library; published catalogue. http://www.bnf.fr  

Bibliothèques des Universités de Paris: over 9,260,000 (Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne: over 3,000,000). Access to each Parisian University Library Catalogue through http://www.paris.fr/portail/loisirs/Portal.lut?page_id=8108 

Deutsche Bibliothek, Frankfurt-am-Main: 5,920,000; copyright library http://www.d-nb.de/eng/index.htm   

Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg: c. 20,000,000. A disastrous fire in February, 1988, destroyed some 400,000 books, while many millions of others were damaged by water or are threatened by mould. http://www.rsl.ru/en

National Diet Library, Tokyo: 6,229,000; copyright library. http://www.ndl.go.jp/en/index.html   

National Library of Australia, Canberra: 4,700,000; copyright library; published union catalogue of 18th-century books. http://www.nla.gov.au /

National Library of China, Beijing: 15,980,636. http://www.nlc.gov.cn/en/indexen.htm  

Russian State Library, Moscow (formerly the State V. I. Lenin Library): over 35,700,000; copyright library. http://www.rsl.ru/en

Turnbull Library, Wellington: 215,312; Milton; Katherine Mansfield. http://www.natlib.govt.nz/atl

Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin: 8,700,000. http://www.sbb.spk-berlin.de  


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