Digital Library Collections from Around the World

November 15th, 2016 by Debbie Benrubi Leave a reply »

Treasures from library collections around the world are in the spotlight at Gleeson Library, to honor and support International Education Week. Stop by the library to see books that feature amazing collections from some of the world’s most beautiful and unique libraries, and browse more treasures from international library and archives’ digital collections linked below in this post.

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How can a library in one country benefit users globally? By providing access to our digital collections, libraries help share our histories, stories, and cultures. Through the digitization and preservation efforts of libraries worldwide, we are reminded that libraries and their resources are no longer inaccessible islands. Resources previously only available to patrons visiting in person can now be accessed by anyone through the internet.

We’ve created a guide to the collections pictured here, but there are hundreds more. Links to a few portals to the wonders in libraries and archives all over the world are below:

The Commons
Hidden treasures from the world’s public photography archives and cultural heritage institutions.

An aggregator of content from many digital contributors in Europe.

Library of Congress Digital Collections
Access online collections: view maps & photographs; read letters, diaries & newspapers; hear personal accounts of events; listen to sound recordings & watch historic films

Oxford University Digital Collections
Wide array of materials from the University and associated cultural institutions including the Ashmolean Museum, Bodleian Library, Queen Elizabeth House, and more

Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance
Thirty-one academic libraries surrounding the Pacific have joined together to improve access to scholarly resources.

A Princeton LibGuide of Collected Digital Collections from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal
Guide to Internet portals and digital libraries compiled by expert librarians at Princeton University

The Tibetan and Himalayan Library Collections
Contains audio and video collections, Tibetan texts, 60,000+ images, and maps.

The World Digital Library
Library of Congress project. carried out with the support of UNESCO in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations from 193 countries.


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  1. Jason L. says:

    The library looks gorgeous!!!

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