Reference: Libraries: Independent
The Ambleside Museum & Armitt Library
Free educational institution in the English Lake District. Bibliographies and artefacts on natural history and local people including Beatrix Potter, Ruskin and the Lake poets.
America Library of Geneva
A non-profit subscription library based out of Geneva, Switzerland, serving the English speaking community.
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.
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.
American Library in Paris
A private, non-profit English-language library in Paris, France since 1920. Site includes information on membership, collections, services, and events.
Association of Independent Libraries
Directory and guide to the history and collections of existing subscription libraries in the United Kingdom.
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.
The Birmingham & Midland Institute Library
Book collection dating from 1799 and music library. Events, membership and location map.
A free personal library of books available by post, operating on the honor system.
Chawton House Library & Study Centre
Centre for the Study of Early English Women's Writing, 1600-1830, in Jane Austen's former home. Online texts, history and access.
Founded in 1653 in Manchester, England and open free of charge. History, list of manuscripts and online catalogue.
The Christian Library
Information on this private library located in Oklahoma.
Denver Zine Library
Publicly accessible collection of over 3,000 zines. Includes events schedule, online catalog, or directions.
A privately funded library open to the public, and sponsoring year round reading programs, special events, and guest speakers.
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 extensive background information.
Glasgow Women's Library
Women-only collection of material for and about women, including the Lesbian Archive and Information Centre. Services and facilities, newsletter and membership form.
The Grolier Club Library
Overview of the collections of this New York City club devoted to printing, bibliography and the arts of the book.
The Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution
Private lending library in London including archives relating to Highgate Village and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Description of collections and lecture programme.
The Huntington Library
Library of rare books and manuscripts principally in the fields of British and American history and literature, with readers' guides, events calendar, and images of some of the collection.
The Indian and Colonial Research Center
Research library specializing in Colonial and Native American history.
Jessie Street National Women's Library
Dedicated to the cultural heritage of Australian women. Description of the collections, lecture programme and membership information.
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.
Introduces a Tibetan culture library featuring in excess of 10,000 books as well as additional 10,000 journals, newspapers, and magazines.
Leadhills Reading Society
Official site of the oldest subscription library in Britain, founded in 1741. History of the library and the village, photographs and information for visitors.
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 Linen Hall Library
Subscription library with unique collections of books, manuscripts, pamphlets, genealogical sources, graphic images and ephemera for Irish and local studies.
The Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne
History and photographs of this subscription library offering books, magazines and CDs. Programme of free events and children's page.
The London Library
Scholarly subscription library in central London collecting principally in the humanities. History, collections, membership information and online catalogue.
The earliest public library in Ireland, built in 1701, with contemporary religious and scientific collections. Online catalogue.
Marx Memorial Library
Subscription lending library in London dedicated to Marxism and labour movements. Overview of collections, lecture programme and membership rates.
Mechanics' Institute Library
The Mechanics' Institute Library is a general interest membership library and chess club located at 57 Post Street in San Francisco's business district.
Mercantile Library of New York
Subscription library dedicated to the promotion of literature. Membership information, facilities and programs.
Montreal Association of Independent Libraries
Access to the Atwater Library and Computer Centre, the Fraser-Hickson Library, the Montreal Children's Library, and the Jewish Public Library.
The New York Society Library
Subscription library with public access to the reading and reference rooms only; members may borrow books. Site includes information for members and the general public.
Independent research library with a focus on the humanities is privately funded, but free and open to the public.
The Portico Library and Gallery
A UK subscription library from Manchester featuring 19th century literature, local school exhibits, artist submissions, and gallery.
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.
St Deiniol's Library
Information on this library founded by William Ewart Gladstone in 1889 for the promotion of "Divine Learning". Includes details on programmes and access to the library catalogue.
Village Learning Place
A non-profit community-based library, learning center, educational garden, and technology center serving diverse populations in Baltimore, Maryland (US).
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.
Whitby Literary & Philosophical Society Library & Archive
History and description of the local history, maritime and geological collections of this English learned society.
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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