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Just out of curiosity, what is the largest mathematics/mathematically-oriented library in the world? Is it open to the public? I would like to visit it sometime.

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  • $\begingroup$ I only know of Courant's library. $\endgroup$ – user107952 Feb 21 '14 at 6:59
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    $\begingroup$ (In that vein, I found a contemporaneous remark that Mittag-Leffler had the largest mathematics library in the world, but who knows how that was decided?) So far, in searching, I've seen that the University of Illinois claims to have one of the world's largest, but the content at the Library of Congress is almost certainly rather larger, since publishers send books there. In the age of digitization, this is probably becoming irrelevant. A vast number of older books have already been released to the Internet and quite a lot of recent material is available by some level of online access. $\endgroup$ – colormegone Feb 21 '14 at 7:12
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, if the internet ain't the biggest, it soon will be! $\endgroup$ – Robert Lewis Feb 21 '14 at 7:47
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    $\begingroup$ As you specifically mention "open to the public" - I assume that the NSA does have a few shelves of "extra" math ... $\endgroup$ – Hagen von Eitzen Feb 21 '14 at 7:48

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