Libraries, museums, and archives can look like similar repositories that house cultural resources. But they have fundamental differences in what they collect, store and preserve. As well as how they organise the materials and documents, and how the institution relates to its users. The institution´s acquisition policy, cataloguing, preservation, and presentation for public access can differ based on the distinctions of the fundamental unit that is collected. Typically, in a country, these three types of repositories are managed either by the government of that country or with the economic support of that government. But the Tamil repositories listed here are being managed by private organisations on donation and voluntary basis.

Please let us know about any Tamil archive, library or museum.

Johan Didrik Sinning, nordlandshandler. Serie Ra – Nordfaruttrekk 1730-1783/. Bergen City Archive
Bjørvika Library, Oslo. BK (2020)
Edvard Grieg Museum, Bergen. BK (2020)


Archive is the primary source for knowledge.
Archive stores also unpublished materials.
Archives manage groups of works and focus on maintaining a particular context for the overall collection.
It is almost impossible to replace a stolen or damaged document in an archive.
Archives can be physical and digital repositories.


Library is a secondary source of knowledge.
A library is a place to store published materials.
The traditional library is based upon the individual item, but it is generally no unique.
It is easy to replace a stolen or damaged book in a library.
Library can be physical and digital repositories.


Museums collect specific objects and provide curatorial context for each of them. 
Museums are physical repositories that can also exhibit a copy of materials from an archive.

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