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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 services that are 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.

Fantastic collection linking to over 6 million digital items including images, texts, sounds and videos from all over the European continent.

American Memory
Collections from the Library of Congress focus primarily on the U.S. but not in isolation as this resource provides access to the richness of our multi-cultural past.

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.