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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 worldEdit

# Name Country Location Catalogued size
(number of items)
Visitors per year Budget Staff
1 British Library   United Kingdom London & Boston Spa[1] _0180000000150 - 200 million[2][3][4]
_00017500001.75 million[5] _01410000000£141 million[6] _019771977[6]
2 Library of Congress   United States Washington D.C. _0168000000168 million+[7] _00017500001.8 million[8] _19523722680US$642.04 million[8] _036243149[8]
3 New York Public Library   United States New York _00550000055 million[9] _001800000018 million[9] _07546275000US$250 million[9] _029373000[9]
4 Library and Archives Canada   Canada Ottawa _005400000054 million[10] _0116900000C$116.9 million[11] _00874874[11]
5 Shanghai Library   China Shanghai _005000000050 million[12] _0001170000 _01640000000 _01972
6 Russian State Library   Russia Moscow _004440000047.2 million[13] _00011700000.964 million[13] _016400000002.4 billion RUB[13] _019721618[13]
7 National Diet Library   Japan Tokyo and Kyoto _004190000041.9 million[14] _0000654000654,000[14] _07128927000¥21.8 billion[14] _00908908[14]
8 Bibliothèque nationale de France   France Paris _004000000040 million[15] _00013000001.3 million[16] _11038967000254 million[17] _026682668[18]
9 National Library of China   China Beijing _003770000037.7 million[19] _00052000005.2 million[20] _013651365[20]
10 National Library of Russia   Russia Saint Petersburg _003650000036.5 million[21] _00009660001 million[21]
11 Royal Library   Denmark Copenhagen _003540000035.4 million+[22] _00008503011.25 million[22] _02249892000385.9 million DKK[23] _00492492.5 (610 in total)[23]
12 German National Library   Germany Leipzig and Frankfurt _003420000034.2 million[24] _000029973180,283[24] _0183403310052.4 million[24] _00622640[24]
13 Biblioteca Nacional de España   Spain Madrid _003310000033.1 million[25] _0229906045029.2 million[26] _01090482[26]
14 Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences   Russia Saint Petersburg _002650000026.5 million[27]
15 Berlin State Library   Germany Berlin _002340000023.4 million[28] _00014000001.4 million[28]
16 Boston Public Library   United States Boston, Massachusetts _002240000022.4 million[29] _01174200390US$38.9 million[30]
17 New York State Library   United States Albany, New York _002000000020 million[31]
18 Harvard Library   United States Cambridge, Massachusetts _001890000018.9 million[32] _00922922[32]
19 National Library of Sweden   Sweden Stockholm _001800000018 million[33] 364.5 million SEK[34]
20 Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine   Ukraine Kiev _001500000015.5 million[35] _0000500000500,000[35] _0018860991050.3 million [36] _00900900[35]
21 Yale Library   United States New Haven, Connecticut _001520000015.2 million[37]
22 National Library of Iran   Iran Tehran _001500000015 million _00014000001.4 million

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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