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Public Libraries

Libraries supported by public and/or private funds which provide general library services without charge to all residents of a given community, district or region.

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Special Libraries

Public or private libraries that are devoted to acquiring, classifying and making available to the community for research or general appreciation, books, manuscripts, letters and other documents or artistic materials that are rare, of special interest, of historical significance or of scholarly value. Also included are libraries whose collections specialize in materials that are related to a particular focus or target group, e.g., political thought, minority groups, gay or lesbian groups, religious groups, women.

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