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Lynne Rudasill 
Global Studies Librarian 
303 International Studies Building MC-402 
910 South Fifth Street 
Champaign, Illinois, 61820, USA 
(217) 265-6879

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Digital Collections of the World


The digital revolution has provided many opportunities for scholars to access interesting and exciting materials from the many corners of the world.  Below are just a few of the visually and intellectually stimulating web sites that are coming available.

e-codices Virtual Manuscript Collection of Switzerland - The Medieval Institute of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland provides digitized manuscripts from over 380 manuscripts found in 16 different libraries.

European Library - Website of resources from 48 European national libraries.  This resource is a service provided to those looking for all types of library material, from books to maps to photographs and more.  It can be searched by country, by material type and country, or browsed by collection, country, subject or description.

Europeana - Fantastic collection linking to over 6 million digital items including images, texts, sounds and videos from all over the European continent.  This is a beta version of the site.

Global Gateway - Brought to us from the United States' Library of Congress this site includes several digitized collections from their holdings and collections from a number of partner libraries.  For collections relating specifically to the United States, go to the American Memory collections.

HathiTrust Digital Library - HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. Holds many collections of non-English archival material. 

Smithsonian Institution - Includes sound files, videos, and other online collections from the Freer Gallery of Art and many of the other National Museums of the United States found in Washington, D.C.

Musée du quai Branly - Digital access to one of the newest Parisian museums.  The Musée du quai Branly highlights the arts of indigenous people of Africa, Oceana, Asia, and the Americas.

Reading Europe - Approximately 1,000 digitized items are a part of this new exhibition.  Includes many early editions, best sellers of the 18th century and more, all from the collections of the European Library and Europeana.

World Digital Library - Digitized primary resources from all over the world brought to us by UNESCO and other partners.  The resources are presented in order to enhance better understanding between cultures and peoples of the world.


If you have a favorite digital collection, don't hesitate to contact us.