Reference: Digital Libraries

Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE

Program information, resources, and access to digital collections.

AGF Library

Contains works from many authors with mostly religions content.

Alexandria Digital Library Project

Digital map collections at the University of California Santa Barbara.

American Memory Project

The digital library collections of the Library of Congress.

Archives of Maryland Online

Online access to the historical documents of Maryland. Browse by volume or search using a variety of parameters. Documents are available as image or searchable text. Site includes a glossary of terms used in documents.

Atmopsheric Visualization Collection

Atmospheric data collection focusing on data from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program’s Southern Great Plains (SGP) site, provided by the National Science Digital Library. The site includes an image archive and educational support material.

Australasian Virtual Engineering Library

AVEL provides access to engineering information resources such as electronic engineering publications and databases, software, online teaching modules, and conference announcements.

BadgerLink: Library and Information Resources for Wisconsin

Offers a variety of online resources, including educational, children's, and government sites, online newspapers and magazines, access to library catalogs and websites, and reference help.

Brarydog: Your Personal Library & Web Companion

Personal library and web companion for children. Access to dozens of homework help resources.Subscription and non-subscription.Excellent site.

Brigham Young University Digital Media Library

The public access interface of this online resource allows browsing or searching of university publications, including theses and the Mormon Studies Index.

California Digital Library

A collaborative effort of the nine University of California campuses to provide access their shared collections.

Canada's Digital Collections

Collections include over 400 Web sites covering Canadian history, geography, science, technology and culture, ranging from national treasures to local history. The site also features educational resources, such as curriculum units, classroom activities, quizzes and games. Also available in French.

Celtic Digital Library

The Celtic Digital Library contains digital links, artwork and information about the Celtic society from 400 B.C to 1500 A.D and Celtic Reconstruction of today.

Center for Retrospective Digitization

Access to the digital collections at the Lower Saxony State and University Library Göttingen, Germany, including the Gutenberg Bible, travel literature and North Americana from the 18th and 19th centuries, DIEPER (Digitized European Periodicals), historical mathematics materials, and Goethe illustrations.

Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL)

A paid subscription service providing access to articles, scholarly journals, electronic books and re-digitized documents from cultural and scientific publications related to central and eastern Europe.

CHILDE Project

Children's Historical Literature Disseminated throughout Europe is a project, funded under the European Commission's Culture 2000 programme, which has created a collection of images from early children's books.

CiteSeer: The NEC Research Institute Scientific Literature Digital Library

A scientific literature digital library that aims to improve the dissemination and feedback of scientific literature, and to provide improvements in functionality, usability, availability, cost, comprehensiveness, efficiency, and timeliness. Rather than creating just another digital library, CiteSeer provides algorithms, techniques, and software that can be used in other digital libraries. CiteSeer indexes Postscript and PDF research articles on the Web, and provides a number of special features.

Colorado Digitization Project

A collaborative initiative to provide access to the unique collections of Colorado's archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums.

Columbia University Digital Library Collections

Access to Columbia University's unique collections.

Danish Electronic Research Library

Links to subject-specific portals, databases, and link collections, as well as access to the catalogs and home pages of participating research libraries. Site in Danish or English, but many of the linked resources are in Danish only.

de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at USM

Collection of children's literature with emphasis on American and British works, current and historical works.

DelAware: The Digital Library of the First State

Includes links to libraries and library catalogs, government information, and online search services for Delaware public library patrons.

Digital Archive for Chineses Studies (DACHS)

Based at the Institute of Chinese Studies at the University of Heidelberg (Germany), the collection includes websites, e-journals, films, snapshots of discussion boards, and single documents covering social and political subject matters.

Digital Bridges

Collection of historical bridge design manuals, images and books from Lehigh University.

Digital Library Network for Engineering and Technology (DLNET)

A collaborative effort by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), Iowa State University (ISU) and Virginia Tech (VATECH) to provide a platform for posting, reviewing and accessing learning resources in Engineering and Technology and a gateway to education and research materials.

Digital Library of Information Science and Technology (DLIST)

Developed by the School of Information Resources and Library Science and the Arizona Health Sciences Library at the University of Arizona using Open Archives Initiative (OAI) compliant Eprints v.2 software.

Digital Library of MIT Theses: MIT Libraries

A searchable collection of selected MIT master's and doctoral theses. These can be viewed as images, or ordered in paper and electronic formats.

Digital Library Project

A University of Pennsylvania selection of digital library collections, exhibits, and finding aids prepared by digital librarians. Site includes information on tools and technology.

The Digital Mirror

The welsh national collection of manuscripts, early and rare printed books, antiquarian maps, and diverse images at The National Library of Wales. Site includes online exhibitions and information about the digitisation program.

Digital Projects at the University of Illinois

Information and access to the digital collections at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Digital Research Library Service

Access the digital resources at the University of Pittsburg.

Digital Resources & Exhibitions

Special collections at Case Western Reserve University, including medieval manuscripts and items from the US 1930s Works Projects Administration era.

Digital South Asia Library

Materials related to South Asia, including maps, statistics, photographs, and official publications.

Documenting the American South

A collection of digitized sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century, with a focus on North Carolina.

DSpace: Durable Digital Depository

A joint project between MIT Libraries and Hewlett-Packard to provide stable long-term storage for the intellectual output of MIT faculty and researchers using open-source software. Site includes mission, policy, technology description and download, implementations, news and staff information.

eCUIP : The Digital Library Project

A browsable and searchable digital library of materials for K-12 teachers and students.

The Electronic Library of Free eBooks and Best Sites

Free eBooks include over 400 classics and contemporary works. Focus on tutorials, learning and knowledge, ranging from accounting to zoology.

epub WU

Virtual University Project at the Vienna University of Economics. Collection of fulltext dissertations, PhD theses and working papers. Site in German with some holdings in English.

Everglades Digital Library

Access to the digital collections at Florida International University. Relates to the south Florida environment

Flora and Fauna of the Great Lakes

Provides access to materials including including books, images and databases selected from Fish and Mammal Divisions of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology and the Fungus Collections of the University of Michigan Herbarium.

The Gateway to Northwestern Ontario History

Collection includes photographs, books, drawings and artifacts. Site in English with French version under development.

Gibson Digital Library

The GDL is a Project Gutenberg mirror site, with downloadable books by FTP, telnet, web, or via their BBS system HomeBBS, other reading rooms, and archives.

Handbook for Digital Projects

From the Northeast Document Conservation Center, a manual for preservation and access, 1st edition, edited by Maxine K. Sitts.


A collaboration of the Center for the Public Domain and The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill to provide public domain material, organised by subject and UDC (Universal Decimal Classification) including journals, ebooks and a special collection of linux programs and documentation.

Illinois Alive

Includes text and images about agriculture and business; early Illinois authors; and issues facing minorities, immigrants, and women. Also includes an introduction to 19th century Illinois, tools for educators, and a timeline.

Images from the Heritage Collection of the State Library of Tasmania

A searchable database of images from the Heritage Collection of the State Library of Tasmania, Australia.

Indiana University Digital Library Program

Access to the collections of the Indiana University digital library.

Information Technology and Society Project

Archives and research tools for the study of the history, sociology, politics, economics and culture of the digital age.

The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL)

A 5-year project by the Internet Archive and the University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Lab to develop a library using innovative software specifically for children.

International Digital Electronic Access Library

An online library featuring fulltext journals from Academic Press and other scholarly publishers. Access by subscription.

Internet Moving Image Archive

A collection of hundreds of short films in MPEG-2 format

Internet Public Library

Online resources and reference help on all subjects from trained volunteer librarians worldwide.

IntraText Digital Library

A multilingual, open access and XML-based digital library offering texts and corpora in 36 languages from religions, humanities, and research.

Inventory of Canadian Digital Initiatives

Provides descriptions of Canadian information resources created for the Internet, including general digital collections, resources centered around a particular theme, and reference sources and databases.

Iran Virtual Library

Nonpartisan archive of social, political, economic and cultural documents pertaining to Iran. Edited by Frederick  Nemani, a professor at South Bank University, London.

Kentucky Virtual Library

Online catalogs and databases, online tutorial and help with internet-based research, a virtual reference desk, and access to Kentuckiana digitized collections, serving Kentuckians and supporting the Kentucky Commonwealth Virtual University.

Kibbutz Sasa Virtual Library

Online bibliographical and image search service in Hebrew only, which also retains an "expert searcher" for locating online sources of information.

Library of California

Details the Library's services to local libraries, state and local government and the public as well as links to California Research Bureau papers online, LDS publications, the California Library Directory and other useful information.

Library of Virginia Digital Library Program

Provides access to multiple databases and millions of digital images of text, photographs and maps pertaining to the history and culture of Virginia.

Life in Western Pennsylvania 1840 -1970

Historic photographic collection provided by the library and archives of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. The site also covers the local history of photography and information on the care and handling of photographs.

Long Island University Virtual Library

A list of categorized sites by subject matter compiled by Library Science students at Long Island University.

Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

Presents the collection of the Dutch Royal Library and the Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum in The Hague. Highlights and database with images and backgrounds.

Mylib's Knowledge Portal

A portal to on-line dictionaries and reference works. Some emphasis on Malaysian society.

Nalanda Digital Library

Based at the National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NITC) in India. Open access is provided to selected collections of published papers, PhD theses, student projects, research reports, course materials, ebooks, etexts and Perl scripts.

National Science Digital Library (NSDL)

Comprehensive source for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Funded by the National Science Foundation.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations

Access to Master's theses and doctoral dissertations from universities worldwide.

New Zealand Digital Library (NZDL)

Based at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. The site contains text, image and audio-visual collections; including historical documents, humanitarian and development information, computer science technical reports and bibliographies, literary works, and magazines.

NICI Virtual Library

The National Institute for Community Innovations is based in Montpelier, Vermont and provides a subscription service for access to dictionaries, e-books, card catalogs, periodicals, and researched internet resources.

NLS Digital Library

Special collections held by the National Library of Scotland including: The Murthly Hours medieval manuscripts, Experiences of War, Maps of Scotland, First Scottish Books, Scottish Decorative Bookbinding, Photographs of Modern Scottish Writers, Churchill, Robert Louis Stevenson, and The Last Letter of Mary Queen of Scots.

NYPL Digital Library Collections

Access to New York Public Library primary source material documenting American culture.

The Online Archive of California

This union database of manuscripts and images from institutions across California is comprised of over 5,000 archival finding aids encoded using Encoded Archival Description (EAD) standard and the SGML document type definition. Part of the California Digital Library.

Online Bilingual Library of Russian Literature

Collection of texts and audio, including works of Pushkin, Lermontov, Fet, Krylov, Esenin, Akhmatova and Chekhov provided by the Online Russian Language Center. Texts are available in Russian and English.

Online Publications at the University of Stuttgart (OPUS)

Collection of theses, dissertations, preprints, proceedings and full-text documents published in pdf format by staff and students of the University. Site also in German.

Original Sources

Electronic library with works from history, the social sciences, philosophy, literature, and religion. Fee required for access.

Perseus Project

Digital collections for the study of the Archaic and Classical Greek world and the Renaissance.

Persian Digital Library

Texts in Farsi for major Persian authors and poets. Site is in English.

- Site of the first and the largest collection of public domain literature, with now more than 3500 titles.

Questia: The Online Library of Books and Journals

Subsciption-based digital library aimed at the academic community. Site includes a range of search, note-taking, and writing tools; and free access to a limited number of books.


Saganet project by the National and University Library of Iceland and Cornell University with the association of the Árni Magnússon Institute in Iceland to provide the entire range of Icelandic family sagas and other works published before 1900 online. Site in English and Icelandic.

SAILOR: Maryland's Public Information Network

Provides public information for citizens of and visitors to Maryland, including resources for health, business, education, and history.

Simon Fraser University Library Electronic Document Centre

Promotes access to knowledge created at Simon Fraser University and makes some of the Library's unique holdings available to a wider audience.

St Laurentius Digital Manuscript Library

A collection of scanned images of medieval manuscripts comprising 67 volumes, ranging from the 10th century to the 1640s provided by Lund University Library in Sweden.

TAEVIS Online Home Page

Tactile access to education for visually impaired students.A collection of 2,500 tactile diagrams covering college-level course.In either braille or low-vision format, for sale to subscribers

Te Waimano

The National Library of New Zealand's website with digital samples of the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library, spotlighting periods from the years 1750 to 2000. Bilingual site (Maori and English).

75th Anniversary of the Free Library of Philadelphia

Special collection of over 225 texts and images covering local architecture, history and African American architects.

UCEEL Digital Library

Project based at the University of Central England. Collections include past exam papers, book chapters, journal articles and student projects.

University of Chicago Digital Library Activities

Text, image, audio and special collections in the humanities and the arts.

University of Tennessee-Martin Andy Holt Virtual Library

Focus is on the humanities and fine arts, with access to local and world library catalogs, electronic journals, databases, virtual reference desk, digitized documents, and departmental resources. Partners with the physical Paul Meek Library to provide face to face services.

UT System Digital Library

Supporting the learning and research needs of the University of Texas Telecampus and University of Texas System students and faculty on campus and at a distance.

Victorian Women Writers Project

A collection of text, essays, and fiction written during the Victorian period, by women writers.

Washington State Digital Library Resources

Text, image, archive and local history collections. Site includes best practice guide and Digital Imaging Initiative project pages.

White House Tennessee Cyber Library

An independent, citizen-built, evolving cyber library consisting of collections of selected and annotated internet resources.

William Gedney Photographs and Writings

Provides access to over 4900 photographs and 1000 pages of writings from the William Gedney Collection at Duke University.

Ebook site with free downloads of current and public domain literature.

Worthington Memory

Online history scrapbook of Worthington, Ohio.

There is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch: Freely Accessible Databases for the Public

Article by Sandy Lewis containing a list of databases that produce a list of citations to scientific literature, published in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. (December, 2001)

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