What are the kinds of reading materials in the library?

There are a few different types of libraries. There is the private collector's library, where the private collector may be an individual or a private business or institution; public libraries which are accessible by the public and usually funded by tax money and ran by public servants; school/college/university libraries which provide access to resources for students, staff and possibly parents of students of the educational institution, and sometimes allow access by the public; state and national libraries which are usually not accessible by the public, and serve as a repository of published works within that state or nation; research libraries which hold indepth information on certain subjects; reference libraries where resources must be used at the library and are not lent out; and digital libraries which are accessible by computer, and may fit within one of the other three classifications.

Libraries may contain books, dvd's, cd's, video tapes, video games, board games, ebooks, magazines, newspapers, microfilm/microfiche, prints, maps, documents, audio books, other forms of digital media. This is not a complete list but covers most formats of information that libraries may contain.

Referring to the most general library type, the public library, reading materials in hard copy are broken down into sections for magazines, newspapers, and books. Books are broken down into categories of fiction and non-fiction. Some classifications of fiction include children's books, books for teenagers, drama, mysteries, comedy, etc. Non-fiction books are broken down into categories such as history, geography, culture, medicine, etc, which may then be broken down further into more specific categories such as World War II, African culture, psychiatry, Australia, etc. Many public libraries may have a reference section, or reference library, in which the public may access certain books but not remove them from the library.