Types of libraries

Do you really enjoy law? Medicine? Music? Working with children? Below are general descriptions of the major types of libraries as well as other opportunities to consider:

Academic libraries

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Public Libraries

Public libraries serve communities of all sizes and types. Wherever you live, there's bound to be a local public library nearby! As the name implies, public libraries serve the general public, "from cradle to grave" as more than one public librarian has been heard to say. Public libraries often have departments that focus on areas of service, such as youth, teens and adults.

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School Libraries

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Special Libraries

Libraries that are owned and operated by a business or organization are considered Special Libraries.

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Career information for other types of libraries (better name?)

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