To me, a public library is a measure of a place. When I move somewhere, I check out the holdings to see how much they have invested in the citizens who live in the area. If there are few holdings, it says something about a community. Listed below are links to holdings in some of the great libraries of the world. I’ve used the keyword “ceramics” in my searches, so click on the links to see what I’ve found… I don’t know the languages, but the links will take you to the holdings that came up for the keyword “ceramics” in English, en Anglais, auf…, etc. Sometimes the search box is just empty and you have to fill it out… If you are lucky enough to know the languages of the countries listed, be my guest!
Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid
Biblioteca Palafoxiana, Mexico (www.bpm.gob.mx, link was down)
Delhi Public Library, India
Greater Cairo Public Library, Egypt
London Public Library, England
National Library of China, Beijing
Russian State Library, Moscow
Sydney Public Library, Australia
Tokyo Metropolitan Libraries, Japan
Toronto Public Library, Canada
For the adventurous, click here!