Digital Collections on the Web
Avalon Project: documents in Law, History and Diplomacy
Baen Free Library: fiction and fantasy from published by Baen Books
Bookshare® strives to make the world of print accessible to people with disabilities.
British History Online: Core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.
Carrie is an early full text electronic library.
Civil Rights Digital Library is a venture by Georgia libraries, educational and humanities institutions, and the University of Georgia media archives to provide primary material about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The CRDL has three components: 1) a digital video archive; 2) a portal connecting to related digital collections from 76 content partners; and 3) resources for educators.
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse is a collection of documents and information about civil rights cases in selected case categories across the United States.
Cornell University Library Windows on the Past is a grouping of selected digital collections of historical significance.
Crimes of War publishes essays and reports by lawyers, journalists, and scholars aiming to raise awareness of “the laws of war.” Articles cover topics such as the intervention in Kosovo, the prosecution of General Pinochet, East Timor post-election violence, and the prosecution of war crimes in Sierra Leone. Among the issues analyzed are the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Pinochet precedent, the conflict between domestic and international law in civil war, and humanitarian intervention in international law.
Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) is a gateway to Georgia’s history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, audio, video, and other resources.
Digital Himalaya Project archives and makes available valuable ethnographic materials from the Himalayan region.
Digital Library of India is creating a free-to-read, searchable collection of one million books, predominantly in Indian languages, available to everyone over the Internet.
Directory of Open Journals provides comprehensive coverage of all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content.
Enoch Pratt Free Library provides online access to digital versions of rare and unique materials, including historical maps, photographs, reports, books, manuscripts, artwork, and other media.
EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History
The Free Library of Philadelphia provides access to over 20,000 digital images from their extensive collections.
Gallica: French digital library
Google Books works just like Web search. Try a search on Google Books or on Google.com. When we find a book with content that contains a match for your search terms, we’ll link to it in your search results. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given us permission, you’ll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it’s in the public domain, you’re free to download a PDF copy.
HathiTrust Digital Library is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. HathiTrust brings together the immense collections of over fifty partner institutions in digital form, preserving them securely to be accessed and used today, and in future generations. Public Collections are acessible without a login account. Help – Using the HathiTrust Digital Digital Library.
HebrewBooks: access to over 47,000 classical Hebrew books for free download
Higher intellect project (a.k.a. preterhuman.net) allows users to contribute their own written work and contains over 250,000 texts on a variety of subjects.
ibiblio is the Public’s Library and Digital Archive
International Dunhuang Project is an international collaborative effort to conserve, catalog and digitize manuscripts, printed texts, paintings, textiles and artifacts from Dunhuang and other archaeological sites at the eastern end of the Silk Road.
International Music Score Library Project provides music scores free of charge to anyone with internet access.
Internet Archive’s offers permanent access to researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
Internet History Sourcebooks Project is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use.
Internet Sacred Text Archive is the largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship, and has the largest readership of any similar site on the web.
LacusCurtius is a gateway to Ancient Rome texts and Archaeology.
The Latin Library is a website that collects public domain Latin texts. The texts are not intended for research purposes nor as substitutes for critical editions. Translations are not available.
Library of Congress Digital Collections & Services provide access to print, pictorial and audio-visual collections and other digital services.
Library of Economics and Liberty is dedicated to advancing the study of economics, markets, and liberty. It offers a unique combination of resources for students, teachers, researchers, and aficionados of economic thought. The website is provided by Liberty Fund, Inc., a private, educational foundation established to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals.
Literary Kicks functions as a digital library of poetry and prose, biography and cultural criticism chiefly focused on Beat Generation writers. Founded in 1994 by Levi Asher, the site has since expanded to cover a wider range of literary genres, from ancient literature to contemporary fiction and poetry, and hosts literary discussions, poetry boards, workshops and a digital library of articles, resources and texts
Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.
Marxists Internet Archive (MIA) aims to maintain an archive of any and all writings which are Marxist or relevant to the understanding of Marxism and can be lawfully published. It is an all-volunteer, non-profit public library, started in 1990.
Michael: Multilingual Inventory of Cultural Heritage in Europe is a project funded by the European Commission to give access to digital collections in European archives, museums and libraries.
Miguel de Cervantes Digital Library (MCDL) (or Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes (BVMC) in Espanol) is a large-scale project for digitizing literature, and multi-media documents on the Spanish and Latin American culture. It aims to collect the most outstanding works of Spanish and Latin American literary tradition, as well as secondary literature and critical and historical knowledge on Spanish culture.
The Million Book Collection (or Universal Digital Library) is a book digitization project initiated and led by Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science and University Libraries to capture all books in digital format. In 2007 and with the assistance of institutions in China, India and the United States, they reached their first milestone. 1 million scanned books were accessible through their database at http://www.ulib.org by 2007.
The Mutopia Project offers sheet music editions of classical music for free download. These are based on editions in the public domain, and include works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Handel, Mozart, and many others.
The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) , a collaborative initiative of the Library of Congress, is developing a national strategy to collect, preserve and make available significant digital content, especially information that is created in digital form only, for current and future generations.
National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped , a branch of the Library of Congress, administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.
NYPL Digital Gallery is The New York Public Library’s image database, developed to provide free and open online access to hundreds of thousands of images from the original and rare holdings of The Library. Spanning a wide range of historical eras, geography, and visual media, NYPL Digital Gallery offers digital images of drawings, illuminated manuscripts, maps, photographs, posters, prints, rare illustrated books, and more. Encompassing the subject strengths of the vast collections of The Library, these materials represent the applied sciences, fine and decorative arts, history, performing arts, and social sciences.
New Zealand Electronic Text Centre, part of Victoria University of Wellington Library, is an open digital library of New Zealand and Pacific Island documentary heritage material as well as new born-digital work and research from Victoria University. The collection contains over 1400 texts and will continue to grow through projects to support teaching, learning and research at the university.
The Online Books Page lists over 1 million books that are free on the Web.
On This Day is the name of a BBC news archive on the World Wide Web. It contains an online digital library of news stories reported by the BBC on World War II and world events from the 1950s to 2005. There are entries for every day of the year, many including video or audio reports which can be viewed online.
Open Library: One Web Page for Every Book is an initiative of the Internet Archive , a 501(c)(3) non-profit, to build a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Other projects include the Wayback Machine , archive.org, nasaimages.org, archive-it.org & opencontentalliance.org.
OSU Library Electronic Publishing Center participates in the creation and maintenance of the emerging global digital library by digitizing and sharing electronic information.
Oxford Text Archive develops, collects, catalogues and preserves electronic literary and linguistic resources for use in Higher Education, in research, teaching and learning.
PANDORA , Australia’s Web Archive, is a growing collection of Australian online publications, established initially by the National Library of Australia in 1996, and now built in collaboration with nine other Australian libraries and cultural collecting organizations.
Perseus Digital Library is a practical experiment of exploring possibilities and challenges of digital collections in a networked world. The larger mission of Perseus is to make the full record of humanity – linguistic sources, physical artifacts, historical spaces – as intellectually accessible as possible to every human being, regardless of linguistic or cultural background.
Polona National Digital Library is the systematically growing amount of digitized resources of the National Library of Poland.
Project Gutenberg , founded in 1971, was the first project to create a library of freely available online texts.
Project Gutenberg Australia is a treasure-trove of literary treasures found hidden with no evidence of ownership.
Projekt Gutenberg-DE is a collection of German language literary texts, distributed via the web and on CD-ROM. It is run by a small publishing company called Hille Partner, run by Gunter Hille, and its web presence is hosted by the weekly magazine Der Spiegel.
Rare Book Room is an educational website for the repository of digitally scanned rare books made freely available to the public.
Rubicon Research Repository of Diving and Environmental Physiology Research.
TITUS – Thesaurus of Indo-European Texts and Language Materials database aims to prepare all textual material relevant for Indo-European Studies (including Middle Iranian, Tocharian etc.) in electronic form for analysis
Traditional Knowledge Digital Library is a repository of the traditional knowledge of India, setup to protect the ancient and traditional knowledge of the country from exploitation such as Unethical patents and monopolization
Tufts Digital Library includes digitized holdings of the University archives with manuscript collections such as the Edward R. Murrow and Walter B. Wriston collections.
UK Web Archiving Consortium (UKWAC) contains websites that publish research, that reflect the diversity of lives, interests and activities throughout the UK, and demonstrate web innovation. They are constantly changing and even disappearing. Often they contain information that is only available online. Responding to the challenge of a potential “digital black hole” the UK Web Archive is there to safeguard as many of these websites as practical. Its purpose is to collect, preserve and give permanent access to key UK websites for future generations.
United States National Agricultural Library houses one of the world’s largest and most accessible agricultural information collections and serves as the nexus for a national network of state land-grant and U.S. Department of Agriculture field libraries.
Universal Digital Library (or Million Book Collection) is a book digitization project initiated and led by Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science and University Libraries to capture all books in digital format. In 2007 and with the assistance of institutions in China, India and the United States, they reached their first milestone. 1 million scanned books were accessible through their database at http://www.ulib.org by 2007.
University of Wisconsin Digital Collections are loosely organized into collections that span a range of subjects including art, ecology, literature, history, music, natural resources, science, social sciences, the State of Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin. Digital resources include text-based materials such as books, journal series, and manuscript collections, photographic images, slides, maps, prints, posters, audio, and video.
US National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world’s largest medical library. The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.
Virtually Missouri is a portal featuring useful facts, news and information relevant to the state of Missouri.
Welsh Journals Online provides free access to scholarship from Wales. The back-numbers of up to 50 titles will be available here, ranging from academic and scientific publications to literary and popular magazines.
Wikibooks is a digital library of new books edited in a similar way to Wikipedia.
Wikisource is an online library of free content publications, collected and maintained by our community. We now have 205,977 texts in the English language library.
Wired for Books: poems, stories, plays, essays, lectures, and interviews for children and adults.
Wisconsin Heritage Online is an expanding digital resource providing access to digitized materials from the collections of libraries, archives, museums and historical societies across Wisconsin. Browse or search the WHO portal to discover over 75,000 photographs, diaries, letters, maps, books, magazines, newspaper clippings, postcards, artworks, oral histories, museum artifacts, and much more.
Wordtheque is a word by word multilingual library
World Wide Web Virtual Library is the oldest catalog of the Web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of HTML and of the Web itself, in 1991 at CERN in Geneva. Unlike commercial catalogs, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn’t the biggest index of the Web, the VL pages are widely recognized as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the Web.
Wisconsin Historical Society Digital Collection provides access to Wisconsin state, regional, and local history books, journals, and museum collections
World Digital Library makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.