List of largest libraries

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This sortable list of largest libraries includes libraries that, as measured in 2008 or subsequently, store 15 million or more items.

Largest libraries in the world[edit]

Name Country Location Catalogued size
(number of items)
Visitors per year Budget Staff
British Library United Kingdom London and Boston Spa[1] _0180000000170–200 million[2][3][4]
_00017500001.75 million[5] _01410000000£141 million[6] _019771,977[6]
Library of Congress United States Washington D.C. _0168000000170 million+[7] _00017500001.9 million[8] _19523722680US$696.112 million[8] _036243,149[8]
Shanghai Library China Shanghai _005000000056 million[9] _0001170000 _01640000000 _01972
New York Public Library United States New York City _00550000055 million[10] _001800000018 million[10] _07546275000US$250 million[10] _029373,000[10]
Library and Archives Canada Canada Ottawa _005400000054 million[11] _0116900000C$116.9 million[12] _00874874[12]
Russian State Library Russia Moscow _004440000047.2 million[13] _00011700000.964 million[13] _016400000002.4 billion RUB[13] _019721,618[13]
Royal Danish Library Denmark Copenhagen and Aarhus _003540000042.5 million (physical items, excl. digital)[14] _00008503011.45 million[14] _02249892000523.8 million DKK[14] _00492800+[15]
National Diet Library Japan Tokyo and Kyoto _004190000041.9 million[16] _0000654000654,000[16] _07128927000¥21.8 billion[16] _00908908[16]
Bibliothèque nationale de France France Paris _004000000040 million[17] _00013000001.3 million[18] _11038967000€254 million[19] _026682,668[20]
National Library of China China Beijing _003770000037.7 million[21] _00052000005.2 million[22] _013651,365[22]
National Library of Russia Russia Saint Petersburg _003650000036.5 million[23] _00009660001 million[23]
German National Library Germany Leipzig and Frankfurt _003420000036.1 million[24] _000029973350,713[24] _01834033100€54.9 million[24] _00622642[24]
Biblioteca Nacional de España Spain Madrid _003310000033.1 million[25] _02299060450€29.2 million[26] _01090482[26]
Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences Russia Saint Petersburg _002650000026.5 million[27]
Berlin State Library Germany Berlin _002340000023.4 million[28] _00014000001.4 million[28]
Boston Public Library United States Boston, Massachusetts _002240000022.4 million[29] _01174200390US$38.9 million[30]
New York State Library United States Albany, New York _002000000020 million[31]
Harvard Library United States Cambridge, Massachusetts _001890000018.9 million[32] _00922922[32]
National Library of Sweden Sweden Stockholm _001800000018 million[33] 364.5 million SEK[34]
Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine Ukraine Kiev _001500000015.5 million[35] _0000500000500,000[35] _0018860991050.3 million [36] _00900900[35]
Yale Library United States New Haven, Connecticut _001520000015.2 million[37]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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