Largest 20 Libraries in the World

List of Largest 20 Libraries in the World

library is a collection of materials, books, or media that are accessible for use and not just for display purposes. A library provides physical (hard copies) or digital access (soft copies) materials and maybe a physical location or a virtual space, or both. A library’s collection can include printed materials and other physical resources in many formats such as DVD, CD, and cassette as well as access to information, music, or other content held on bibliographic databases.

Largest 20 Libraries in the World
Name & CountryLocationCatalogue size
British Library, United KingdomLondon and Boston Spa170–200 million
Library of Congress, United StatesWashington D.C.170 million+
Library and Archives, CanadaOttawa54 million
Shanghai Library, ChinaShanghai50 million
Russian State Library, RussiaMoscow47.2 million
Royal Danish Library, DenmarkCopenhagen and Aarhus42.5 million
National Diet Library, JapanTokyo and Kyoto41.9 million
Bibliothèque Nationale de FranceParis40 million
National Library of ChinaBeijing37.7 million
National Library of RussiaSaint Petersburg36.5 million
German National Library, GermanyLeipzig and Frankfurt36.1 million
Biblioteca Nacional de España, SpainMadrid33.1 million
Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences, RussiaSaint Petersburg26.5 million
Berlin State Library, GermanyBerlin23.4 million
Boston Public Library, United StatesBoston, Massachusetts22.4 million
New York State Library, United StatesAlbany, New York20 million
Harvard Library, United StatesCambridge, Massachusetts18.9 million
National Library of SwedenStockholm18 million
Vernadsky National Library of UkraineKiev15.5 million
Yale Library, United StatesNew Haven, Connecticut15.2 million
National Library of IranTehran15 million

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