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.

As of November 2021 and according to Guinness World Records the Library of Congress is the world's largest library when considering items in its holdings.[1]

Largest libraries in the world[edit]

Name Country Location Catalogued size
(number of items)
Visitors per year Budget Staff
Library of Congress  United States Washington D.C. _0168000000173 million+[2] _00017500001.9 million[3] _19523722680US$696.112 million[3] _036243,149[3]
British Library  United Kingdom London and Boston Spa[4] _0180000000170–200 million[5][6][7]
_00017500001.75 million[8] _01410000000£141 million[9] _019771,977[9]
Shanghai Library  China Shanghai _005000000056 million[10] _0001170000 _01640000000 _01972
New York Public Library  United States New York City _00550000055 million[11] _001800000018 million[11] _07546275000US$250 million[11] _029373,000[11]
Library and Archives Canada  Canada Ottawa _005400000054 million[12] _0116900000C$116.9 million[13] _00874874[13]
Russian State Library  Russia Moscow _004440000048.1 million[14] _00011700000.498 million[14] _016400000002.7 billion[14] _019721,613[14]
National Diet Library  Japan Tokyo and Kyoto _004190000044.1 million[15] _0000654000791,370[15] _07128927000¥21.8 billion[15] _00908908[15]
German National Library  Germany Leipzig and Frankfurt _003420000043.7 million[16] _000029973350,713[16] _0183403310057.6 million[16] _00622639[16]
Royal Library, Denmark  Denmark Copenhagen and Aarhus _003540000042.5 million (physical items, excl. digital)[17] _00008503011.45 million[17] _02249892000523.8 million kr[17] _00492800+[18]
National Library of China  China Beijing _003770000042.3 million[19] _00052000005.2 million[20] _013651,365[20]
Bibliothèque nationale de France  France Paris _004000000040 million[21] _00013000001.3 million[22] _11038967000254 million[23] _026682,668[24]
University of Illinois Library  United States Urbana, Illinois _004000000038 million[25] US$48.7 million_07546275000[26]
National Library of Russia  Russia Saint Petersburg _003650000036.5 million[27] _00009660001 million[27] 569.2 million 1,850
Biblioteca Nacional de España  Spain Madrid _003310000033.1 million[28] _0229906045029.2 million[29] _01090482[29]
Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences  Russia Saint Petersburg _002650000026.5 million[30]
Berlin State Library  Germany Berlin _002340000023.4 million[31] _00014000001.4 million[31]
Boston Public Library  United States Boston, Massachusetts _002240000022.4 million[32] _01174200390US$38.9 million[33]
New York State Library  United States Albany, New York _002000000020 million[34]
Harvard Library  United States Cambridge, Massachusetts _001890000018.9 million[35] _00922922[35]
National Library of Sweden  Sweden Stockholm _001800000018 million[36] 364.5 million kr[37]
University of Michigan Library  United States Ann Arbor, Michigan _001520000016.1 million[38]
Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine  Ukraine Kyiv _001500000015.5 million[39] _0000500000500,000[39] _0018860991050.3 million [40] _00900900[39]
Yale Library  United States New Haven, Connecticut _001520000015.2 million[41]
National Library of Iran  Iran Tehran _001500000015.0 million[42]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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