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Digital Libraries


Digital Libraries at Illinois

Digital Libraries at other Institutions

  • Blue Mountain Project – Princeton University’s historic avant-garde periodicals collection for digital research.
  • Building Technology Heritage Library – Created by the Association for Preservation Technology International to provide access to period trade catalogs and other building construction documents.
  • Colossus – A digital archive of twentieth-century architecture magazines, such as AIA Journal, Architectural Forum, Pencil Point, and Progressive Architecture.
  • Dada Digital Library – Provides access to scanned images of original Dada-era publications in the International Dada Archive. These books, pamphlets, and periodicals are housed in the Special Collections Department of The University of Iowa Libraries. Each original document has been scanned in its entirety.
  • Digital Collections – The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s digital collections. Includes digitized books, photographs, newspapers, maps, and other materials.
  • Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) – This portal allows users to search freely accessible digital surrogates of works held by libraries, museums, and archives across the country. Contributors include the UIUC, Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives, Yale Center for British Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Walters Art Gallery, the New York Public Library and others.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals – Peer-reviewed scholarly journals available freely online.
  • European Library – This online portal offers quick and easy access to the collections of 48 leading European national libraries and research collections. It includes over 20 million digital items and over 125 million bibliographic records.
  • Europeana – Provides access to millions of digitized items from a range of Europe’s leading museums, galleries, archives, and libraries. The collection includes text, images, sound, and videos.
  • Gallica – Digital library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Includes books, maps, manuscripts, sound recordings, and more.
  • Getty Research Portal – An online search platform providing global access to digitized art history texts in the public domain. Through this multilingual, multicultural union catalog, scholars can search and download complete digital copies of publications for the study of art, architecture, material culture, and related fields.
  • HABS/HAER – The Library of Congress’s image database for The Historic American Building Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscape Survey collections.
  • Illustration Archive – A collection of over a million book illustrations from the British Library.  Illustration types include etchings, wood engravings, lithography and photography.
  • Internet Archive – Digital Library that includes texts, audio and moving images. It is also the home of the “Wayback Machine” that archives webpages.
  • Hathi Trust – A repository that combines digitized collections from dozens of the nation’s great research libraries.
  • Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog – Search library catalogs from Europe, Australia, and the US, as well as the Directory of Open Access Journals, Internet Archive, Google Books, and the European Register of Microfilm and Digital Masters.
  • Monoskop – An index that lists and links to digital collections of avant-garde and modernist periodicals between 1890-1945.
  • Zenon – Online catalog maintained by Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, which idexes periodicals, archival collections, electronic resources, and books in support of research in archaeology and classic studies.