The Southwestern Writers Collection is located at the Albert B. Alkek Library on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos, a thirty-minute drive from Austin. Although the more renowned writers in this collection have some connection to Texas or the Southwest, either by birth or their subject matter, their impact extends to American letters.
The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin (Sid Richardson Hall) is the largest university library collection of Latin American materials in total number of volumes in the United States—including 970,000 books, periodicals, and pamphlets; 40,000 periodical titles; 4,000 linear feet of manuscripts; and thousands of other archival materials.
Formerly known as the Chicago Underground Library, the Read/Write Library Chicago is a location-specific archive of independent and small press media, including books, magazines, zines, journals, broadsides, newspapers, and art books. The library provides "a space for individuals, organizations, and ideas to come together, and creative connections to emerge."
The Huntington Library is one facet of The Huntington, a private nonprofit institution. The Library is one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the United States in British and American history and literature. The collection contains the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, a Gutenberg Bible on vellum, the double-elephant folio edition of Audubon's Birds of America, and a world-class collection of the early editions of Shakespeare's works.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the central library of the D.C. Public Library, opened on August 21, 1972. Designated a historic landmark on June 28, 2007, the city’s central library houses public service areas, including subject divisions, meeting rooms and exhibition space, as well as the administrative and support services for all public libraries in Washington, D.C.
The Smithsonian Libraries are situated at the center of the world's largest museum complex, and form a vital part of the research, exhibition, and educational enterprise of the Institution. Twenty libraries are united into one system, which is supported by central collections support services. Acting as both public and academic library, as both scholarly resource and general information service, the Libraries offer a galaxy of resources and the help of informed staff.
The Rare Book and Special Collections Division traces its beginnings to Thomas Jefferson's wish to create a library for statesmen and for the people of the new nation. The permanent reading room is modeled after Philadelphia's Independence Hall, and houses the divisional catalogues, reference collection, and reference staff.
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps, and manuscripts in its collections. The Library of Congress is home to the Center for the Book and the Poetry & Literature Center, which both host author discussions, Poet Laureate readings, and more. The Library also hosts the Poetry 180 program for high schoolers, and each summer it runs the National Book Festival.
Folger Shakespeare Library is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare materials, as well as major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art. The Folger serves a wide audience of researchers, visitors, teachers, students, families, and theater-and concert-goers.
The Rare Books and Special Collections department of the Mullen Library at the Catholic University of America supports and enriches the instructional, research, and service programs of the university, as well as providing service to the research community at large. The holdings include some 70,000 volumes, ranging from medieval documents to first editions of twentieth century authors.