List of national and state libraries

United States Library of Congress, Jefferson Building

A national library is established by the government of a nation to serve as the pre-eminent repository of information for that country. Unlike public libraries, they rarely allow citizens to borrow books. Often, they include numerous rare, valuable, or significant works; such as the Gutenberg Bible. National libraries are usually notable for their size, compared to that of other libraries in the same country. Some national libraries may be thematic or specialized in some specific domains, beside or in replacement of the 'main' national library.

Some national entities which are not independent but who wish to preserve their particular culture, have established a national library with all the attributes of such institutions, such as legal deposit.

Many national libraries cooperate within the National Libraries Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) to discuss their common tasks, define and promote common standards and carry out projects helping them to fulfil their duties. National libraries of Europe participate in The European Library. This is a service of The Conference of European National Librarians (CENL).

The list below is organized alphabetically by country, according to the list of sovereign states, including, at its end an 'other states' section for non-sovereign states. A "♦" indicates a national library of a province or state, or constituent country or dependent state[neutrality is disputed]. It is listed under the sovereign state which governs that entity. Sovereign states are listed even when they have no national library or when the existence and name of a national library could not yet be ascertained. Other states, constituent countries and dependent states are listed only if they have a national library.

National libraries


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Abkhazia Abkhazia → see under Other States
Afghanistan Afghanistan National Library of Afghanistan Kabul
Åland Åland → see under Finland
Albania Albania National Library of Albania (Biblioteka Kombëtare e Shqipërisë) Tirana
Algeria Algeria National Library of Algeria (Bibliothèque nationale d'Algérieالمكتبة الوطنية الجزائرية) Algiers
Andorra Andorra Andorra National Library (Biblioteca Nacional d'Andorra) Andorra la Vella
Angola Angola National Library of Angola (Biblioteca Nacional de Angola) Luanda
Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda National Library of Antigua and Barbuda St. John's
Argentina Argentina National Library of the Argentine Republic (Biblioteca Nacional de la República Argentina) Buenos Aires
Armenia Armenia National Library of Armenia (Հայաստանի ազգային գրադարան) Yerevan
Aruba Aruba → see under the Netherlands
Australia Australia National Library of Australia Canberra Yes
Austria Austria Austrian National Library (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek) Vienna
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Akhundov National Library (Axundov adına Azərbaycan Milli Kitabxanası, National Library of Azerbaijan) Baku


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
The Bahamas Bahamas Harry C. Moore Library (University of the Bahamas) (de facto) Nassau
Bahrain Bahrain Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa National Library (المكتبة الشيخ عيسى بن سلمان الخليفة الوطنية) Juffair
Bangladesh Bangladesh National Library of Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ জাতীয় গ্রন্থাগার) Dhaka
Barbados Barbados National Library Service of Barbados Bridgetown
Belarus Belarus The National Library of Belarus (Нацыянальная бібліятэка Беларусі) Minsk
Belgium Belgium Royal Library of Belgium (Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België = Bibliothèque royale de Belgique) Brussels Yes
Belize Belize National Library Service of Belize Belize City
Benin Benin National Library of Benin (Bibliothèque nationale du Bénin) Porto Novo
Bermuda Bermuda → see under United Kingdom
Bhutan Bhutan National Library of Bhutan Thimphu
Bolivia Bolivia National Archive and Library of Bolivia (Archivo y Biblioteca Nacional de Bolivia) Sucre
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Nacionalna i univerzitetska biblioteka Bosne i Hercegovine) Sarajevo
National and University Library of the Republic of Srpska (Народна и универзитетска библиотека Републике Српске) Banja Luka
Botswana Botswana National Library Service of Botswana Gaborone
Brazil Brazil National Library of Brazil (Fundação Biblioteca Nacional) Rio de Janeiro Yes
British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands → see under United Kingdom
Brunei Brunei Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Library (Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka Brunei Library) Bandar Seri Begawan
Bulgaria Bulgaria SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library (Народна Библиотека Св. Св. Кирил и Методий) Sofia
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso National Library of Burkina Faso (Bibliothèque nationale du Burkina Faso) Ouagadougou
Myanmar Burma (Myanmar) National Library of Myanmar Yangon
Burundi Burundi National Library of Burundi (Bibliothèque nationale du Burundi) Bujumbura


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Cambodia Cambodia National Library of Cambodia Phnom Penh
Cameroon Cameroon National Library of Cameroon (Bibliothèque nationale du Cameroun) Yaoundé
Canada Canada Library and Archives Canada (Bibliothèque et Archives Canada) Ottawa Yes
Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (Institut canadien de l'information scientifique et technique)
Quebec Quebec National Library and Archives of Quebec (Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec) Montreal Yes
Cape Verde Cape Verde National Library of Cape Verde (Biblioteca Nacional de Cabo Verde) Praia
Catalonia Catalonia Library of Catalonia (Biblioteca de Catalunya) Barcelona
Central African Republic Central African Republic [national library created in legislation but does not exist yet] Bangui
Chad Chad National Library of Chad (Bibliothèque nationale du Tchad) N'Djamena
Chile Chile National Library of Chile (Biblioteca Nacional de Chile) Santiago Yes
China People's Republic of China National Library of China (国家图书馆) Beijing Yes
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Central Library (香港中央圖書館) Hong Kong Yes
Macau Macau Macau Public Library (澳門公共圖書館, Biblioteca Pública de Macau) Macau
Taiwan Republic of China (Taiwan) → see under Other States
Colombia Colombia National Library of Colombia (Biblioteca Nacional de Colombia) Bogotá Yes
Comoros Comoros National Centre for Documentation and Scientific Research (Centre National de Documentation et de Recherche Scientifique) Moroni
Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo National Library of the Republic of the Congo (Bibliothèque nationale du Congo  [fr]) Brazzaville
Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo National Library of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Bibliothèque nationale de la République démocratique du Congo) Kinshasa
Cook Islands Cook Islands → see under New Zealand
Costa Rica Costa Rica National Library "Miguel Obregon Lizano" of Costa Rica (Biblioteca nacional "Miguel Obregón Lizano" de Costa Rica) San José
National Library of Health and Social Security (Biblioteca Nacional de Salud y Seguridad Social)
Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire National Library of Côte d'Ivoire (Bibliothèque nationale de Côte d'Ivoire) Abidjan
Croatia Croatia National and University Library in Zagreb (Nacionalna i sveučilišna knjižnica u Zagrebu) Zagreb Yes
Cuba Cuba National Library José Martí (Biblioteca Nacional José Martí) Habana
Cyprus Cyprus Cyprus Library (Κυπριακή Βιβλιοθήκη) Nicosia
Northern Cyprus Northern Cyprus → see under Other States
Czech Republic Czech Republic National Library of the Czech Republic (Národní knihovna České republiky) Prague Yes


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Denmark Denmark Danish Royal Library, The National Library of Denmark and Copenhagen University Library (Det Kongelige Bibliotek) Copenhagen Yes
State and University Library (Statsbiblioteket) Aarhus Yes
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands National Library of the Faroe Islands (Føroya landsbókasavn) Tórshavn
Greenland Greenland Public and National Library of Greenland (Det Grønlandske Landsbibliotek = Nunatta Atuagaateqarfia) Nuuk
Djibouti Djibouti National Documentation Centre of Djibouti (Centre national de documentation de Djibouti  [fi]) Djibouti
Dominica Dominica National Library of Dominica Roseau
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic National Library Pedro Henríquez Ureña (Biblioteca Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña) Santo Domingo


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
East Timor East Timor National Library of East Timor (Biblioteca e Arquivo Nacional de Timor-Leste) Dili
Ecuador Ecuador National Library of Ecuador (Biblioteca Nacional del Ecuador) Quito
Egypt Egypt Egyptian National Library and Archives Cairo
Egyptian National Agricultural Library Giza
El Salvador El Salvador National Library of El Salvador (Biblioteca Nacional Francisco Gavidia  [es]) San Salvador
Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea National Library of Equatorial Guinea (Biblioteca Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial  [es]) Malabo
Eritrea Eritrea Research and Documentation Center of Eritrea Asmara
Estonia Estonia National Library of Estonia (Eesti Rahvusraamatukogu) Tallinn Yes
Eswatini Eswatini Eswatini National Library Service (Mbabane Public Library - ENLS) Mbabane
Ethiopia Ethiopia National Archives and Library of Ethiopia Addis Ababa


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands → see under Denmark
Fiji Fiji Library Services of Fiji Suva
Finland Finland National Library of Finland (Kansalliskirjasto = Nationalbibliotek) Helsinki
Åland Åland Mariehamn City Library (Mariehamns stadsbibliotek  [sv]) Mariehamn
France France National Library of France (Bibliothèque nationale de France) Paris


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Gabon Gabon National Library of Gabon (Direction Générale des Archives Nationales, de la Bibliothèque Nationale et de la Documentation Gabonaise, DGABD  [fi]) Libreville
The Gambia The Gambia National Library of The Gambia Banjul
Georgia (country) Georgia National Parliamentary Library of Georgia Tbilisi
Germany Germany German National Library (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek) Frankfurt a.M. and Leipzig Yes
German National Library of Economics (Deutsche Zentralbibliothek für Wirtschaftswissenschaften) Kiel and Hamburg
German National Library of Medicine (Deutsche Zentralbibliothek für Medizin) Cologne and Bonn
German National Library of Science and Technology (Technische Informationsbibliothek) Hanover Yes
Ghana Ghana George Padmore Research Library (division of Ghana Library Board) Accra
Greece Greece National Library of Greece (Εθνική Βιβλιοθήκη της Ελλάδος) Athens
Greenland Greenland → see under Denmark
Grenada Grenada National Library and Archives of Grenada (closed since 2011) St. George's
Guatemala Guatemala National Library of Guatemala (Biblioteca Nacional de Guatemala "Luis Cardoza y Aragón") Guatemala City
Guinea Guinea National Library of Guinea (Bibliothèque nationale de Guinée) Conakry
Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau Public Library of the INEP (Biblioteca Pública do Instituto Nacional de Estudos e Pesquisa, INEP) Bissau
Guyana Guyana National Library of Guyana Georgetown


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Haiti Haiti National Library of Haiti (Bibliothèque nationale d'Haïti) Port-au-Prince
Honduras Honduras Juan Ramón Molina National Library (Biblioteca Nacional Juan Ramón Molina) Tegucigalpa
Hong Kong Hong Kong → see under People's Republic of China
Hungary Hungary National Széchényi Library (Országos Széchényi Könyvtár) Budapest
University of Debrecen Library (Debreceni Egyetemi és Nemzeti Könyvtár) Debrecen


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Iceland Iceland National and University Library of Iceland (Landsbókasafn Íslands Háskólabókasafn) Reykjavík Yes
India India National Library of India Kolkata Yes
Indonesia Indonesia National Library of Indonesia (Perpustakaan Nasional Republik Indonesia) Central Jakarta Yes
Iran Iran National Library of Iran (Ketabkhane-ye Melli-ye Iran) Tehran Yes
Malek National Library (Ketabkhane-ye Melli-ye Malek)
Iraq Iraq Iraq National Library and Archive Baghdad
Republic of Ireland Ireland National Library of Ireland = Leabharlann Náisiúnta na hÉireann Dublin
Isle of Man Isle of Man → see under United Kingdom
Israel Israel National Library of Israel (הספרייה הלאומית) Jerusalem Yes
Italy Italy National Central Library (Florence) (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Firenze) Florence
National Central Library (Rome) (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma) Rome
Biblioteca Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele III (Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli) Naples


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Jamaica Jamaica National Library of Jamaica Kingston Yes
Japan Japan National Diet Library Tokyo and Kyoto (Kansai-kan) Yes
Jersey Jersey → see under United Kingdom
Jordan Jordan National Library of Jordan Amman


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan National Library of Kazakhstan (Қазақстан Республикасының Ұлттық Кітапханасы = Национальная библиотека Республики Казахстан) Almaty
Kenya Kenya National Library Service of Kenya Nairobi Yes
Kiribati Kiribati Kiribati National Library and Archives Bairiki
North Korea North Korea Grand People's Study House Pyongyang
South Korea South Korea National Library of Korea (국립중앙도서관) Seoul
National Digital Library of Korea
National Library for Children and Young Adults (국립어린이청소년도서관)
Kosovo Kosovo → see under Other States
Kuwait Kuwait National Library of Kuwait Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan National Library of the Kyrgyz Republic (Кыргыз Республикасынын Улуттук Китепканасы) Bishkek


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Laos Laos National Library of Laos Vientiane
Latvia Latvia National Library of Latvia (Latvijas Nacionālā bibliotēka) Riga
Lebanon Lebanon Lebanon National Library (المكتبة الو طنية = Bibliothèque Nationale du Liban) Beirut
Lesotho Lesotho Lesotho National Library Services (Libraries in Lesotho) Maseru
Liberia Liberia National Public Library of Liberia (Liberian kansalliskirjasto  [fi]) Monrovia
Libya Libya National Library of Libya Benghazi
Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Liechtenstein State Library (Liechtensteinische Landesbibliothek) Vaduz
Lithuania Lithuania Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania (Lietuvos Nacionalinė Martyno Mažvydo biblioteka) Vilnius
Luxembourg Luxembourg National Library of Luxembourg (Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg = Lëtzebuerger Nationalbibliothéik = Nationalbibliothek Luxemburg) Luxembourg


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Macau Macau → see under People's Republic of China
North Macedonia North Macedonia National and University Library "St. Kliment of Ohrid" (Национална и универзитетска библиотека „Св. Климент Охридски") Skopje
Madagascar Madagascar National Library of Madagascar (Bibliothèque nationale de Madagascar) Antananarivo
Malawi Malawi National Library Service of Malawi Lilongwe
Malaysia Malaysia National Library of Malaysia (Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia) Kuala Lumpur Yes
Maldives Maldives National Library of Maldives Galolhu Malé
Mali Mali National Library of Mali (Direction nationale des Bibliothèques et de la Documentation) Bamako
Malta Malta National Library of Malta Valletta
Marshall Islands Marshall Islands Alele Museum & Public Library Majuro
Mauritania Mauritania National Library of Mauritania (Bibliothèque nationale de Mauritanie) Nouakchott
Mauritius Mauritius National Library of Mauritius Port Louis
Mexico Mexico National Library of Mexico (Biblioteca Nacional de México) Mexico City
National Newspaper and Periodicals Library of Mexico (Hemeroteca Nacional de México  [es])
Federated States of Micronesia Federated States of Micronesia (List of libraries in the Federated States of Micronesia) Palikir
Moldova Moldova National Library of Moldova (Biblioteca Naţională a Republicii Moldova) Chişinău
Monaco Monaco Louis Notari Library (Bibliothèque Louis Notari) Monaco
Mongolia Mongolia National Library of Mongolia Ulaanbaatar
Montenegro Montenegro National Library of Montenegro (Национална библиотека Црне Горе "Ђурђе Црнојевић") Cetinje
Morocco Morocco National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco
( المكتبة الوطنية للمملكة المغربية)
Rabat and Tétouan
Mozambique Mozambique National Library of Mozambique (Biblioteca Nacional de Moçambique) Maputo


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Namibia Namibia National Library of Namibia Windhoek
Nauru Nauru
Nepal Nepal Nepal National Library Harihar Bhawan, Lalitpur
Netherlands Netherlands Royal Library of the Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek, lit. "Royal Library") The Hague
Aruba Aruba National Library of Aruba (Biblioteca Nacional Aruba) Oranjestad
New Zealand New Zealand National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa) Wellington
Cook Islands Cook Islands National Library of the Cook Islands
Cook Islands Library and Museum Society
Nicaragua Nicaragua National Library of Nicaragua Rubén Darío (Biblioteca Nacional de Nicaragua Rubén Darío) Managua
National Health Library (Biblioteca Nacional de Salud)
Niger Niger Direction of the National Archives of Niger (Direction des Archives nationales du Niger) Niamey
Nigeria Nigeria National Library of Nigeria Lagos
North... → see under the second word
Norway Norway National Library of Norway (Nasjonalbiblioteket) Oslo and Mo i Rana


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Oman Oman Sultan Qaboos University Library Muscat


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Pakistan Pakistan National Library of Pakistan Islamabad
Palau Palau Palau Community College Library Koror
Panama Panama National Library of Panama (Biblioteca Nacional de Panamá) Panama City
Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea National Library of Papua New Guinea Port Moresby
Paraguay Paraguay National Library of Paraguay (Biblioteca Nacional del Paraguay) Asunción
National Library of Agriculture (Paraguay) (Biblioteca Nacional de Agricultura)
Peru Peru National Library of Peru (Biblioteca Nacional del Perú) Lima Yes
Philippines Philippines National Library of the Philippines (Pambansang Aklatan ng Pilipinas) Manila Yes
Poland Poland National Library of Poland [Biblioteka Narodowa] Warsaw
Jagiellonian Library [Biblioteka Jagiellońska] Kraków
Portugal Portugal Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal [National Library of Portugal or Portuguese National Library] Lisbon


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Qatar Qatar Qatar National Library Doha
Quebec Quebec → see under Canada


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Romania Romania National Library of Romania (Biblioteca Națională a României) Bucharest
Russia Russian Federation Russian State Library (Российская Государственная Библиотека) Moscow
National Library of Russia (Российская Национальная Библиотека) Saint Petersburg
Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library (Президентская библиотека имени Б.Н.Ельцина)
Bashkortostan Bashkortostan Akhmet-Zaki Validi National Library of the Republic of Bashkortostan [ru] (Национальная библиотека имени Ахмет-Заки Валиди) Ufa
Chechnya Chechnya National Library of the Chechen Republic [ru] (Национальная библиотека Чеченской Республики) Grozny
Chuvashia Chuvashia National Library of the Chuvash Republic [ru] (Национальная библиотека Чувашской Республики) Cheboksary
Dagestan Dagestan National Library of the Republic of Dagestan [ru] (Национальная библиотека Республики Дагестан) Makhachkala
Kalmykia Kalmykia National Library of Kalmykia [ru] (Национальная библиотека Калмыкии) Elista
Republic of Karelia Republic of Karelia National Library of the Republic of Karelia [ru] (Национальная библиотека Республики Карелия) Petrozavodsk
Khakassia Khakassia National Library of the Republic of Khakassia [ru] (Национальная библиотека Республики Хакасия) Abakan
Komi Republic Komi Republic National Library of the Komi Republic [ru] (Национальная библиотека Республики Коми) Syktyvkar
Mari El Mari El S. G. Chavaine National Library [ru] (Национальная библиотека имени С. Г. Чавайна) Yoshkar-Ola
Mordovia Mordovia National Library of the Republic of Mordovia [ru] (Национальная библиотека имени А. С. Пушкина Республики Мордовия) Saransk
North Ossetia–Alania North Ossetia–Alania National Scientific Library of the Republic of North Ossetia–Alania [ru] (Национальная научная библиотека Республики Северная Осетия — Алания) Vladikavkaz
Yakutia Sakha National Library of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) [ru] (Национальная библиотека Республики Саха (Якутия)) Yakutsk
Tatarstan Tatarstan National Library of the Republic of Tatarstan (Татарстан Республикасы Милли китапханәсендә = Национальная Библиотека Республики Татарстан) Kazan
Tuva Tuva National Library of the Republic of Tyva [ru] (Национальная библиотека Республики Тыва им. А. С. Пушкина) Kyzyl
Udmurtia Udmurtia National Library of the Udmurt Republic [ru] (Национальная библиотека Удмуртской Республики) Izhevsk
Rwanda Rwanda National Library of Rwanda (Bibliothèque nationale du Rwanda) Kigali


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis Charles A. Halbert Public Library Basseterre
Saint Lucia Saint Lucia Central Library of Saint Lucia Castries
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Kingstown Public Library Kingstown
Samoa Samoa Samoa Public Library (Nelson Memorial Public Library) Apia
San Marino San Marino National Library and Book Patrimony (Biblioteca di Stato e Beni Librari) San Marino
São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe National Library of São Tomé and Príncipe (Biblioteca Nacional de São Tomé e Príncipe) São Tomé Yes
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia King Fahd National Library (مكٺبة الملك فهد الوطنية) Riyadh
Scotland Scotland National Library of Scotland (Leabharlann Nàiseanta na h-Alba) Edinburgh Yes
Senegal Senegal National Library of Senegal (Bibliothèque Nationale du Sénégal, Bibliothèque des Archives nationales du Sénégal) Dakar
Serbia Serbia National Library of Serbia (Народна библиотека Србије) Belgrade
Library of Matica srpska (Biblioteka Matice srpske) Novi Sad
Seychelles Seychelles National Library of Seychelles Mahé
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Library Board Freetown
Singapore Singapore National Library, Singapore (Limited to Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, PublicationSG, and reference section of Regional Libraries / Public Libraries) Singapore
Slovakia Slovakia Slovak National Library (Slovenská národná knižnica) Martin
Slovenia Slovenia National and University Library of Slovenia (Narodna in univerzitetna knjižnica, NUK) Ljubljana
Solomon Islands Solomon Islands National Library Service of the Solomon Islands Honiara
Somalia Somalia National Library of Somalia Mogadishu
Somaliland Somaliland National Library of Somaliland Hargeisa
South... → see under the second word, with the two exceptions below
South Africa South Africa National Library of South Africa (Nasionale Biblioteek van Suid Afrika) Pretoria and Cape Town
South Sudan South Sudan [No national library]
Spain Spain Biblioteca Nacional de España [National Library of Spain] Madrid
Catalonia Catalonia Library of Catalonia (Biblioteca de Catalunya) Barcelona
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka National Library of Sri Lanka Colombo
Republika Srpska Republika Srpska → see under Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sudan Sudan Sudan Library Khartoum
Suriname Suriname [No national library, but database available]
Sweden Sweden National Library of Sweden (Kungliga biblioteket) Stockholm Yes
Switzerland Switzerland Swiss National Library (Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek = Bibliothèque nationale suisse = Biblioteca nazionale svizzera = Biblioteca naziunala svizra) Bern
Syria Syria Al-Assad National Library (مكتبة الأسد الوطنية) Damascus


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Taiwan Republic of China (Taiwan) → see under Other States
Tajikistan Tajikistan National Firdoussi Library [ru] (Национальная библиотека Таджикистана) Dushanbe
Tanzania Tanzania National Central Library / Tanzania Library Services Board [sw] (Bodi Ya Huduma Za Maktaba Tanzania) Dar es Salaam
Tatarstan Tatarstan → see under Russia
Thailand Thailand National Library of Thailand (หอสมุดแห่งชาติ) Bangkok
Togo Togo National Library of Togo (Bibliothèque nationale du Togo) Lomé
Tonga Tonga [No national library]
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago National Library and Information System

The Heritage Library

Port of Spain
Tunisia Tunisia National Library of Tunisia (Bibliothèque nationale de Tunisie, المكتبة الوطنية التونسية) Tunis
Turkey Turkey National Library of Turkey (Milli Kütüphane) Ankara
National Library of İzmir (İzmir Milli Kütüphanesi) İzmir
Turkmenistan Turkmenistan State Library of Turkmenistan Ashgabat
Tuvalu Tuvalu Tuvalu National Library and Archives Funafuti


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Uganda Uganda National Library of Uganda Kampala
Ukraine Ukraine Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine (Національна бібліотека України імені В.І. Вернадського) Kyiv
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Cultural Foundation National Library Abu Dhabi
United Kingdom United Kingdom, EnglandEngland British Library London and Boston Spa (Wetherby) Yes
ScotlandScotland National Library of Scotland Edinburgh Yes
WalesWales National Library of Wales (Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru) Aberystwyth Yes
BermudaBermuda Bermuda National Library Hamilton
British Virgin IslandsVirgin Islands, British Library Services Department Road Town
Isle of ManIsle of Man National Library and Archives (Manx National Heritage) Douglas
JerseyJersey Jersey Library Saint Helier
United States United States Library of Congress (de facto) Washington, D.C. Yes
National Library of Education
National Transportation Library
United States National Library of Medicine Bethesda
United States National Agricultural Library Beltsville
Uruguay Uruguay Biblioteca Nacional de Uruguay [National Library of Uruguay] Montevideo
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan National Library of Uzbekistan Tashkent


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Vanuatu Vanuatu National Library of Vanuatu Port Vila
Vatican City Vatican City Vatican Library (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana) Vatican City
Venezuela Venezuela National Library of Venezuela (Biblioteca Nacional de Venezuela) Caracas
Vietnam Vietnam National Library of Vietnam (Thư Viện Quốc Gia Việt Nam) Hanoi Yes


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Wales Wales → see under United Kingdom


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Yemen Republic of Yemen National Library of Yemen Aden


Country Library City Legal deposit Source
Zambia Zambia Zambia Library Service Lusaka
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe National Archives of Zimbabwe Library Harare?

Other States

Country Library City Source
Abkhazia Abkhazia I.G. Papaskir National Library of Abkhazia Sukhumi
Kosovo Kosovo National Library of Kosovo (Biblioteka Kombëtare e Kosovës) Pristina
Northern Cyprus Northern Cyprus National Library of Northern Cyprus (Millî Kütüphane) North Nicosia
Taiwan Republic of China (Taiwan) National Central Library (國家圖書館) Taipei

State libraries

A state library is established by a state to serve as the preeminent repository of information for that region.


The State Library Victoria



Hong Kong





Autonomous communities libraries


The member states of the Swiss Confederation are the 26 cantons of Switzerland. The cantonal libraries [de] (German: Kantonsbibliothek, French: Bibliothèque cantonale, Italian: Biblioteca cantonale, Romansh: Biblioteca chantunala) are:

  • Aargau: Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek
  • Appenzell Ausserrhoden: Kantonsbibliothek Appenzell Ausserrhoden
  • Appenzell Innerrhoden: Innerrhodische Kantonsbibliothek
  • Basel-Landschaft: Kantonsbibliothek Baselland
  • Basel-Stadt: Basel University Library (university and cantonal library)
  • Bern: Bibliothek Münstergasse (formerly Zentralbibliothek Bern, Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek Bern)
  • Fribourg: Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Fribourg
  • Geneva: Bibliothèque de Genève
  • Glarus: Glarner Landesbibliothek
  • Grisons: Kantonsbibliothek Graubünden / Biblioteca chantunala dal Grischun / Biblioteca cantonale dei Grigioni
  • Jura: Bibliothèque cantonale jurassienne
  • Luzern: Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek Luzern (university and cantonal library)
  • Neuchâtel: Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel
  • Nidwalden: Kantonsbibliothek Nidwalden
  • Obwalden: Kantonsbibliothek Obwalden
  • Schaffhausen: Stadtbibliothek Schaffhausen (city and cantonal library)
  • Schwyz: Kantonsbibliothek Schwyz
  • Solothurn: Zentralbibliothek Solothurn (city and cantonal library)
  • St. Gallen: Kantonsbibliothek St. Gallen
  • Ticino: four libraries, Biblioteca cantonale di Bellinzona, Biblioteca cantonale di Locarno, Biblioteca cantonale di Lugano, Biblioteca cantonale e del Liceo di Mendrisio
  • Thurgau: Kantonsbibliothek Thurgau
  • Uri: Kantonsbibliothek Uri
  • Valais: Médiathèque Valais / Mediathek Wallis
  • Vaud: Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne
  • Zug: Bibliothek Zug
  • Zürich: Zentralbibliothek Zürich (city, cantonal, and university library)

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