Libraries are numerous in Italy, those even of small cities being often rich in manuscripts and valuable works.
Besides the Government reference libraries at the British Museum and South Kensington there are other such libraries, of a specialized character, as at the Patent Office and the Record Office.
The libraries of the city contain an aggregate of some 300,000 volumes.
Other papers and copies of instructions are now in several libraries in Paris; and copies of other instructions are in the British Museum.
There are two libraries; one founded in 1836, and now a public library in the Atheneum building; and the other in what is now the School of Industrial and Manual Training (1904), founded in 1827 as a Lancasterian school by Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin (1759-1839), whose ancestors were Nantucket people.