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Types of libraries
Libraries can be divided into categories by several methods:

Academic libraries These libraries are located on the campuses of colleges and universities and serve primarily the students and faculty of that and other academic institutions. Some academic libraries, especially those at public institutions, are accessible to of the general public in whole or in part.

School libraries Most public and private primary and secondary schools have libraries designed to support the school's curriculum.
Research libraries These libraries are intended for supporting scholarly research, and therefore maintain permanent collections and attempt to provide access to all necessary material. Research libraries are most often academic libraries or national libraries, but many large special libraries have research libraries within their special field and a very few of the largest public libraries also serve as research libraries.

Public libraries or public lending libraries These libraries provide service to the general public and make at least some of their books available for borrowing, so that readers may use them at home over a period of days or weeks. Typically, libraries issue library cards to community members wishing to borrow books. Many public libraries also serve as community organizations that provide free services and events to the public, such as reading groups and toddler story time.



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Sonoma County Library 
211 E St, Santa Rosa, CA 707 545-0831
Agilent Technol Santa Rosa Lib
1400 Fountain Grove Pkwy, Santa Rosa, CA 707 577-3500

Bernard C Plover Library
1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 707 527-4391

Forestville Library
7050 Covey Rd, Forestville, CA 707 887-7654

Guerneville Regional Library
14107 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, CA 707 869-9004

Healdsburg Regional Library
139 Piper St, Healdsburg, CA 707 433-3772

Occidental Library
73 Main St, Occidental, CA 707 874-3080

Noetic Sciences Library
101 San Antonio Rd, Petaluma, CA 707 775-3500

Petaluma Public Library
100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma, CA 707 763-9801

Press Democrat
427 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 707 575-7500

Rohnert Park-Cotati Reg Lib
6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park, CA 707 584-9121

Sebastopol Regional Library
7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, CA 707 823-7691

Sonoma Valley Regional Library
755 W Napa St, Sonoma, CA 707 996-5217

Windsor Public Library
9291 Old Redwood Hwy # 100, Windsor, CA 707 838-1020
Special libraries All other libraries fall into this category. Many private businesses and public organizations, including hospitals, museums, research laboratories, law firms, and many government departments and agencies, maintain their own libraries for the use of their employees in doing specialized research related to their work. Special libraries may or may not be accessible to some identified part of the general public. Branches of a large academic or research libraries dealing with particular subjects are also usually called "special libraries": they are generally associated with one or more academic departments. Special libraries are distinguished from special collections, which are branches or parts of a library intended for rare books, manuscripts, and similar material.

The final method of dividing library types is also the simplest. Many institutions make a distinction between circulating libraries (where materials are expected and intended to be loaned to patrons, institutions, or other libraries) and collecting libraries (where the materials are selected on a basis of their natures or subject matter). Many modern libraries are a mixture of both, as they contain a general collection for circulation, and a reference collection which is often more specialized, as well as restricted to the library premises.

Also, the governments of most major countries support national libraries. Three noteworthy examples are the U.S. Library of Congress, Canada's Library and Archives Canada, and the British Library.
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