Library Locator – Find a Library Near You

Library Locator – Find a Library Near You

Because our patrons sometimes need a physical library where they can check out materials or use licensed resources, we provide the following resources to help our patrons with finding the nearest physical library to them.


Very popular and searchable directory of libraries from around the world. Frequently updated and very easy to use. Hosted by OCLC’s (Online Computer Library Center) WebJunction, “An online community for library staff.”

lib-web-cats: A directory of libraries through the world

An increasingly international and searchable directory of library web catalogs (“lib-web-cats”). Frequently updated and offers many different ways to search for libraries. Maintained by Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technologies and Research, Vanderbilt University


An easy-to-use and very library-friendly site offering a free searchable directory of public, state, presidential, college, and law libraries. Almost all of libraries listed are within the United States, but there is a listing of “National Libraries”.

Search for Public Libraries – Institute for Museum and Library Statistics (IMLS)

IMLS administers the Public Library Survey, formerly administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and from this information provides this excellent United States public library locator tool. There is also a link that lets you compare libraries.

Search for an item in libraries near you:

WorldCat.org >>

Instead of searching for a library, WorldCat lets you search for books, videos, articles, and music in more than 10,000 library catalogs from around the world. When you click on an item in your search, WorldCat senses your location (your IP address, really) and shows you the libraries closest to you with that item, often with links to that library’s homepage. One warning: the catalog information may not be up-to-date, although some libraries now use WorldCat as their catalog.

UNESCO Libraries Portal: An international gateway to information for librarians and library users

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Libraries Portal lists thousands of Public and Academic and Research libraries from around the world, and it’s searchable.

And If You Still Need Help…!

Libraries Around the World – from the ipl’s Resources by Subject Collection

The ipl has a great collection of links to state and national libraries around the world, along with some links that will provide additional assistance in finding a library inside and outside the United States.

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