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The Library and Information Commission - Set up in 1995 to provide advice on library, information and research strategy.

The British Library - Formed in 1973 to serve scholars, researchers and large users of information. Based in London and Boston Spa.

The National Library of Scotland - Originally established in 1682 to serve scholars, researchers and large users of information. Now responsible to the Scottish Executive.

The National Library of Wales - Created in 1907 to serve scholars, researchers and large users of information. Now responsible to the National Assembly of Wales.

Bodleian Library - one of the worlds oldest and most famous libraries at Oxford university.

British Library, Inside - access to 10.5 million articles from 20,000 premier journals, 2.5 million conference papers, 10,000 new articles daily. Search and order directly over the Web and receive articles within two hours.

British Library of Political and Economic Science - as well as being the working library of the London School of Economics (LSE), the library serves as a national collection of material for research on Social Sciences.

British Library, OPAC 97 - a free service to allow you to find out what material is held in the major Reference and Document Supply collections of the British Library.

British Library, Portico - The British Library's Online Information Server. Includes: Blaise - bibliographic records provided by the major departments of the British Library, including Humanities and Social Sciences, the Science Reference and Information Service, Oriental and India Office Collections, Music, Maps and the Document Supply Centre. Gabriel - the information server for Europe's National Libraries and the full text of the Magna Carta.

COPAC - Unified access to the catalogues of some of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland.

EARL: The Consortium for Public Library Networking - The EARL Consortium of UK public libraries and associated organisations was established in 1995 to develop the role of public libraries in providing library and information services over the network.

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, National Library of Wales - details of available documents, search the catalogues of the photographic, picture and prints collections.

National Art Library - research and reference library based at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

National Library of Scotland - a complete list of Library catalogues and indexes, current exhibitions and a digital library.

National Marine Biological Library - based in Plymouth the library contains one of the world's major collections of literature on aquatic sciences and fisheries, and acts as a marine biological sciences resource for the UK.

Poetry Library Online - The Poetry Library in London is the world's largest public library devoted exclusively to modern poetry. Site includes a 'Lost Quotation Noticeboard' for when you cant remember what comes next.

Teachers Library - enabling teachers to share their resources. Produced by Lotus, registration required (free).

The UK Public Libraries Page - an exhaustive list of libraries, lovingly maintained with sites that make 'an effort to use the medium imaginatively' marked.