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This is a collection of links to international resources and includes national libraries, national bibliographies and union catalogs.

National Libraries and Union Catalogs

Welcome to International Research Resources

(Ortelius World Map created in 1570)

This guide is intended as a repository of resources specifically for research using materials produced and collected in other countries. The main resources included here are links to national libraries, national bibliographies and union catalogs. Additional regional resources have been included where appropriate.

These resources would be useful to researchers looking at the history of a particular country or region. There is the potential to find resources or historical items through a national library or regional union catalog that are not indexed anywhere else. This is also a resource for catalogers. they can use these resources when cataloging foreign materials that are not foundin OCLC.


Navigation can be done through the tabs at the top or the table of contents to the left. Resources are divided geographically. On each continental main page there are maps indicating what countries are included in the regional subsections. Regional subsections are based on the macro geographical divisions as defined by the United Nations Statistical Division.

If there are additional resources that you think should be added or if you find a broken link please send a comment on the feedback tab. 

Disclaimer: Inclusion of a library or catalog in this research guide does not guarantee access to the materials held by that institution. Access rules are determined by the institution being accessed. 


National Library - A library established by a country's government to serve as a repository of information for that nation.

National Bibliography - This is a list that attempts to list the entire publishing output for a particular country over a specific timeframe. The resources listed are online versions that are updated continuously.

Union Catalog - A catalog that brings together the catalogs of multiple libraries. It can be used to search multiple locations at once.

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