Special library

A special library is a term for a library that is neither an academic or school library, or a public library. Special libraries may include law libraries, news libraries, corporate libraries, museum libraries, and medical libraries. Special libraries are also sometimes known as "information centers."

Special libraries often have a more specific clientele than libraries in traditional educational or public settings, and deal with only a specialized or particular type of information.


  • "The Continuing Development of Special Collections Librarianship" by Michele V Cloonan; Sidney E Berger. Library trends. 52, no. 1, (2003): 9 ISSN: 0024-2594
  • Handbook of special librarianship and information work by Alison Scammell. London : Aslib, ©1997. ISBN 0851423981more information is not given.

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