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National Library Catalogs & Bibliographies

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a National Library?

A library established by a country's government to serve as a repository of information for that nation. An example of this is the Library of Congress in the United States.

  • What is a National Bibliography?

This is a bibliography that attempts to list the entire publishing output for a particular country over a specific timeframe. In this libguide many of the resources listed are online versions that are updated continuously.

  • What is a Union Catalog?

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

  • Why can't I access resources in catalog XYZ?

Every insitution has its own rules about who is allowed to access their resources. If you are looking for unique or very specific items it could be worthwhile to contact the institution directly to inquire about access.

  • This country is/is not a part of this region.

Regional subsections are based on the macro geographical divisions as defined by the United Nations Statistical Division.

Definitions

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.