Government and Public Libraries

Find local public or state libraries, federal libraries and archives, grants for libraries, or ask a librarian for help.

Public Libraries

  • Find Your Local Public Library  – Public libraries lend books, movies, music, and more. They also offer computers, programs for all ages, and help finding the information you need.

State Libraries

Federal Libraries and Archives

  • Library of Congress  – The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, the research arm of Congress, and the largest library in the world. It is also home to the U.S. Copyright Office.
  • National Archives and Records Administration  – Research your family history, military records, or a variety of other topics. They are the nation’s record keeper and preserve documents with legal and historical value.
  • Presidential Libraries  – The Presidential Libraries are archives and museums that bring together the documents and artifacts of a President and his administration.
  • National Library of Medicine  – Find current and historical information about health conditions, clinical trials, drugs, and more from the world’s largest biomedical library.
  • National Agricultural Library  – Get information about animals, livestock, plants and crops, food, nutrition, and more.
  • National Library of Education  – They provide education information, federal education policy, and education research and statistics.
  • National Transportation Library  – Find statistics and other information about transportation at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Federal Depository Libraries  – Federal government information is available for free public use in over 1,200 locations.
  • Federal Library Directory  – Find more federal libraries around the world.

Grants for Libraries

  • Search for Grants  – The Institute of Museum and Library Services offers grants to public libraries, state and local government libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions.

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