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Special Libraries

Special libraries cover a specific discipline or serve a special group of people.

Examples of special libraries include corporate libraries, law libraries (affiliated to law firms or courts), medical libraries (affiliated to medical research center or hospitals), libraries of advocacy organizations, professional associations, research centers, etc.

Although only a few special libraries are open to the public, they can provide more in-depth information on their specialized subjects than other types of libraries.

Usually, if you are a member of a professional association or employee of a bigger company, you will have access to its special library. The reference librarians who oversee these libraries are generally very knowledgeable, and therefore a great resource.

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