A research library
is a library
which contains an in-depth collection of material on one or several subjects.
A research library will generally include primary sources
as well as secondary sources
. Large university libraries are considered research libraries, and often contain many specialized branch research libraries. Research libraries are established to meet research needs and as such are stocked with authentic materials with quality content. In most cases research libraries are attached to research institutions or organizations.
The Library of Congress is one of the largest research libraries in the world
Research libraries can be either reference libraries
, which do not lend their holdings, or lending libraries
, which do lend all or some of their holdings. Some extremely large or traditional research libraries are entirely reference in this sense, lending none of their material; most academic research libraries
, at least in the U.S., now lend books, but not periodicals or other material.
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