Special Libraries

Special libraries offer unique opportunities to work in places such as corporations, hospitals, the military, museums, law firms, advertising agencies, professional associations, private businesses, and the government. Many special librarians/information specialists now work outside the typical library setting and have a nonlibrary job title.  Special libraries can serve particular populations, such as the blind and physically handicapped, while others are dedicated to special collections, such as the Library of Congress or a presidential library.

There is a growing trend for librarians to use their knowledge and skills in areas outside of libraries--for example, database development and training, information systems, publishing, internet coordination, web content design and management, and marketing.  Some librarians start their own businesses as consultants.  They act as freelance librarians or information brokers and provide training and/or services to libraries, businesses, or government agencies.

For more information, visit the Special Libraries Association.

There are also groups for many special library specializations: