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- America Library of Geneva: A non-profit subscription library based out of Geneva, Switzerland, serving the English speaking community.
- American Antiquarian Society: Research library in Massachusetts specialising in American history and culture up to 1876. History, catalogues, online exhibits and guides to the collection.
- American Library in Angers, France: A branch of the American Library in Paris, offering activities, a newsletter, and access to the online catalog. Site in French and English.
- American Library in Paris: A private, non-profit English-language library in Paris, France since 1920. Site includes information on membership, collections, services, and events.
- Association of Independent Libraries: Directory and guide to the history and collections of existing subscription libraries in the United Kingdom.
- Athenaeum of Philadelphia: Non-profit, member-supported library founded in 1814 to collect materials "connected with the history and antiquities of America, and the useful arts, and generally to disseminate useful knowledge"; online catalog, exhibit information, and grant applications available.
- Booklend: A free personal library of books available by post, operating on the honor system.
- Chawton House Library & Study Centre: Centre for the Study of Early English Women's Writing, 1600-1830, in Jane Austen's former home. Online texts, history and access.
- Chetham's Library: Founded in 1653 in Manchester, England and open free of charge. History, list of manuscripts and online catalogue.
- Denver Zine Library: Publicly accessible collection of over 3,000 zines. Includes events schedule, online catalog, or directions.
- Fendrick Library: A privately funded library open to the public, and sponsoring year round reading programs, special events, and guest speakers.
- Glasgow Women's Library: Women-only collection of material for and about women, including the Lesbian Archive and Information Centre. Services and facilities, newsletter and membership form.
- J.R. Ritman Library - Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica: Features a large collection of works in the Hermetic-Christian tradition. Information on exhibitions and scholarly conferences. Online articles and visiting details.
- Jessie Street National Women's Library: Dedicated to the cultural heritage of Australian women. Description of the collections, lecture programme and membership information.
- Leadhills Reading Society: Official site of the oldest subscription library in Britain, founded in 1741. History of the library and the village, photographs and information for visitors.
- Library of the Boston Athenaeum: A membership and research library with special collections in Boston history, New England state and local history, biography, English and American history, literature, and arts.
- Marsh's Library: The earliest public library in Ireland, built in 1701, with contemporary religious and scientific collections. Online catalogue.
- Marx Memorial Library: Subscription lending library in London dedicated to Marxism and labour movements. Overview of collections, lecture programme and membership rates.
- Mechanics' Institute Library: The Mechanics' Institute Library is a general interest membership library and chess club located at 57 Post Street in San Francisco's business district.
- Mercantile Library of New York: Subscription library dedicated to the promotion of literature. Membership information, facilities and programs.
- Montreal Association of Independent Libraries: Access to the Atwater Library and Computer Centre, the Fraser-Hickson Library, the Montreal Children's Library, and the Jewish Public Library.
- Newberry Library: Independent research library concentrating in the humanities; privately funded, but free and open to the public.
- Providence Athenaeum (Rhode Island): An independent membership library; provides a collection of books and other materials to all who love reading, appreciate literature, and enjoy cultural discovery.
- Save the Athenaeum: Dedicated the saving the Providence Athenaeum, one of the oldest subscription libraries in the United States, from financial ruin.
- St Deiniol's Library: Information on this library founded by William Ewart Gladstone in 1889 for the promotion of "Divine Learning". Includes details on programmes and access to the library catalogue.
- The Ambleside Museum & Armitt Library: Free educational institution in the English Lake District. Bibliographies and artefacts on natural history and local people including Beatrix Potter, Ruskin and the Lake poets.
- The Birmingham & Midland Institute Library: Book collection dating from 1799 and music library. Events, membership and location map.
- The Christian Library: Information on this private library located in Oklahoma.
- The Devon & Exeter Institution: Independent subscription library with collections strong in nineteenth-century periodicals and material on South West England. Photographs, history and membership information.
- The Folger Shakespeare Library: Administered by the trustees of Amherst College, the Folger was a gift to the American people from Henry Clay Folger and his wife Emily Jordan Folger in 1932. Includes news on library projects and extensive background information.
- The Grolier Club Library: Overview of the collections of this New York City club devoted to printing, bibliography and the arts of the book.
- The Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution: Private lending library in London including archives relating to Highgate Village and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Description of collections and lecture programme.
- The Huntington Library: Library of rare books and manuscripts principally in the fields of British and American history and literature, with readers' guides, events calendar, and images of some of the collection.
- The Indian and Colonial Research Center: Research library specializing in Colonial and Native American history.
- The Linen Hall Library: Subscription library with unique collections of books, manuscripts, pamphlets, genealogical sources, graphic images and ephemera for Irish and local studies.
- The Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne: History and photographs of this subscription library offering books, magazines and CDs. Programme of free events and children's page.
- The London Library: Scholarly subscription library in central London collecting principally in the humanities. History, collections, membership information and online catalogue.
- The New York Society Library: Subscription library with public access to the reading and reference rooms only; members may borrow books. Site includes information for members and the general public.
- The Portico Library and Gallery: A UK subscription library from Manchester featuring 19th century literature, local school exhibits, artist submissions, and gallery.
- The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine: Research library in London, open to the public free of charge. Catalogues of books, archives and images.
- The Wiener Library: Modern Jewish history collection in London with special reference to Nazism and antisemitism. Events, facilities and history of the library.
- Tumbleweed Lending Library: Lends books via the mail to those willing to pay shipping costs. Includes lists of titles and a call for donations.
- Village Learning Place: A non-profit community-based library, learning center, educational garden, and technology center serving diverse populations in Baltimore, Maryland (US).
- Whitby Literary & Philosophical Society Library & Archive: History and description of the local history, maritime and geological collections of this English learned society.