Definition: Specialised libraries
Specialised libraries are libraries maintained by an association, government service, parliament, research institute (excluding university institutes), learned society, professional association, museum, business firm, industrial enterprise, chamber of commerce, etc. or other organized group, the greater part of their collections being in a specific field or subject, e.g. natural sciences, social sciences, agriculture, chemistry, medicine, economics, engineering, law, history.
Final report of the LEG on cultural statistics in the EU, Eurostat Working Papers, 2000 Edition