The British Library was established by the British Parliament with the British Library Act, 1972. Serving business and industry, researchers, academics and students in the UK and worldwide, their holdings feature 3,000-year old material alongside today's newspapers. The library's collections include over 150 million items, comprising manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores and patents.
Imperial War Museums contain material relating to a wide range of conflicts involving Britain, the Commonwealth and other former empire countries, from the First World War to the present day. The collections range from film and audio accounts, personal letters and diaries, and works of art.
The State Library of Berlin, founded in 1661, contains over 11 million volumes of printed material and numerous special collections, including manuscripts, maps, microforms and an extensive picture library. It is part of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, which is constantly acquiring more material from all periods and countries, and is working hard to preserve and index its collections.
The Alexander Turnbull Library was originally opened to the public in 1920, and is now a part of the Information and Knowledge branch of the Department of Internal Affairs, which also includes Archives New Zealand and Government Information Services. It works to collect, protect and preserve the documentary heritage of New Zealand and contains both published and unpublished material.
Formed in 1999, the US Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), based in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is the US Army War College’s hub for learning and research relating to army heritage, strategic leadership, and the global application of land power. Its collections include books on military history, military newspapers, technical and field manuals, veteran’s surveys, photographs, and transcribed oral histories.