Sample library sections

Government Publications: Federal, state, and local government publications. Large libraries may include selected foreign government information and intergovernmental organizations like the U.N.
Special Collections: Some libraries have comprehensive collections devoted to subjects of special interest to their users. These may include newspaper clippings, artifacts, and valuable, unique, and rare published and graphic materials, many of historical significance.
Audio/Visual: Videos (tape and DVD), audio compact disks (musical and others), slides, and other media.
Microforms: Periodicals (particularly newspapers), old books and book sets, government documents, United Nations publications, and any archival materials vulnerable to damage from use.
Periodicals: Magazines, journals, and newspapers are used heavily each day and are often stored in their own room or section. Sometiems the latest issues are also kept separate from older ones.
Books: The most visible of library materials, books are kept on rows of shelves, sometimes called stacks. The largest libraries may even have separate buildings for different subjects.
Reference: The reference section includes a collection and a service desk, where librarians help users find what they need and teach how to use information effectively.
Maps: Some libraries have maps that, because of their sizes and shapes, need to be shelved in special rooms.
Digital Collections: Scanned historical photographs, manuscripts, electronic journals (e-journals), web versions of journals, newspapers, and magazines are examples of library materials available online. These may only be available to authorized users.