List of digital library projects

This is a list of digital library projects.

Name Subject(s) Volumes Description Provider(s) Ref.
Access to Insight Theravada Buddhism Provides translated texts from the Tipitaka, and contemporary materials published by the Buddhist Publication Society and many teachers from the Thai Forest Tradition. Barre Center for Buddhist Studies [1]
Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project (Ahlul Bayt DILP) Shia Islam Digitizes and presents resources related to history, law, and society of the Islamic religion and its personalities with particular emphasis on the Twelver Shi'ah Islamic school of thought. Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project [2]
Aozora Bunko Japanese language Digitized Japanese language texts. Aozora Bunko [3]
Arnetminer Computer science and information science A free online service used to index and search academic social networks, hosted at Department of Computer Science and Technology of Tsinghua University Arnetminer [4]
Arts and Humanities Data Service Arts and humanities Images, texts and datasets largely collected from UK universities. Ceased operation in 2008. Website is still active. King's College London [5]
ArXiv Science Preprints in mathematics, physics, computer science, quantitative biology and statistics. Cornell University [6]
L'Association des Bibliophiles Universels French literature Digitizes French texts in the public domain. Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers [7]
Atoll Digital Library General Open source software for building digital library collections. Atoll Digital Library
Australian Islamic Library Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, Usool and Islamic Scholarship - Sunni School of thought Library hosts over 35 classical and contemporary exegesis of Quran, all major books of hadith, a large number of books on biographies of early Muslims and many other related titles. Library serves an international audience and offers books in numerous international languages. Australian Islamic Library
Avalon Project Legal studies and history Documents in law, history and diplomacy Yale Law School [8]
Baen Free Library Science fiction and fantasy Science fiction and fantasy from publishing house Baen Books. Baen Books [9] Literature, reference and verse Literature, reference and verse. [10]
Biblioteca Digital Hispánica General Literature, pictures, records, memorabilia etc.
British Columbia Digital Library General A digital library that will link many of the different academic digital library collections around British Columbia British Columbia Electronic Library Network[11] [12]
Biodiversity Heritage Library natural history, botany, zoology >112,000 volumes; >40 million pages. An open access digital library for biodiversity literature. BHL operates as a consortium of natural history and botanical institutions around the world that cooperate to digitize the natural history literature in their collections and make it openly available through their website at BHL Member Institutions [13]
Bookshare General A library serving accessible books (DAISY and BRF) to people with print disabilities. Currently over 42,000 popular and educational books in the collection Benetech [14]
British History Online History Core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Institute of Historical Research, the History of Parliament Trust, and the University of London [15]
British Library: Online Gallery General The British Library's online gallery provides online access to a wide variety of its materials. British Library [16]
California Digital Library
Canadiana Online History of Canada 60,000,000+ pages Canadian historical primary sources, including books, newspapers, periodicals, and nationally significant archival material
Carrie An early full text electronic library
Catálogo de libros de texto de educación básica en México ciclo escolar 2016 - 2017 Textbooks used in Mexico 891 Textbooks used in Mexico in preschool, primary, secondary and high school education in 2016 - 2017 Comisión Nacional de Libros de Texto Gratuitos [17]
Catálogo Histórico de libros de primaria en México 1960 - 2013 Historic textbooks used in Mexico 1960 - 2013 354 Historic textbooks used in Mexico in primary education from 1960 to 2013 Comisión Nacional de Libros de Texto Gratuitos [18]
Center for Research Libraries General (CRL): Edward Hunter (1902–1978) collection
Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts New Testament Manuscripts Preserve and study New Testament manuscripts
CERN Document Server Science Electronic library for CERN related documents. CERN [19]
Chinese Text Project Chinese classic texts Electronic library of early Chinese texts. Chinese Text Project [20]
Choral Public Domain Library
Christian Classics Ethereal Library Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Catholic, and Protestant Scholarship. 1,393 volumes, 440 authors The Christian Classics Ethereal Library is a digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books selected for edification and education, including some Greek and Roman classics. CCEL texts are stored in the library's own Theological Markup Language, which is an XML application. Texts are converted into other formats as well, such as HTML or PDF.
CiteSeerX Computer science and information science A scientific literature digital library and search engine hosted at Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University Pennsylvania State University
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse Civil rights
The Collection of Computer Science Bibliographies
The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online Biology
Cornell University Library Windows on the Past
The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature Sumeriology, history, archaeology Making accessible over 400 literary works composed in the Sumerian language in ancient Mesopotamia during the late third and early second millennia BC. University of Oxford
The Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative Assyriology, history, archaeology Safekeeping and curating information about and images of over 320 000 objects inscribed with cuneiform text. University of California, Los Angeles
D-Scribe Digital Publishing various academic Over 100 thematic collections that together contain over 100,000 digital objects of various academic interests, including almost 800 out-of-print titles from the University of Pittsburgh Press. University of Pittsburgh
Darakht-e Danesh Library (DDL) General Library of open educational resources for Afghanistan Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan [21]
The Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library Dead Sea Scrolls Digitized Dead Sea Scrolls
Digital Accounting Collection Accounting
Digital Bibliography and Library Project
Digital Cicognara Early literature of art, Leopoldo Cicognara Digitized books from the Cicognara Library. Digital Cicognara Partners [22]
Digital Comic Museum Comic books Thousands of freely downloadable public domain Golden Age Comics which are not under copyright. Digital Comic Museum website
Digital Himalaya Himalayas
Digital Library of the Caribbean Caribbean studies
Digital Library for Dutch literature Government-funded digital library project
Digital Library of Georgia General
Digital Library of India 325,473
Digital Media Repository Arts and humanities, Middletown studies Ball State University [23]
Digital Public Library of America General
Digital South Asia Library South Asia Materials for reference and research on South Asia University of Chicago [24]
Directory of Open Access Journals General
Discus South Carolina, United States Provides several reliable sources exclusively for school and state libraries in South Carolina South Carolina State Library
Distributed Proofreaders Canada Toronto, Ontario, Canada Approximately 3,000 books Volunteer initiative to convert books in the Canadian public domain to readable electronic formats
Domínio Público
EBBA (English Broadside Ballad Archive) English literature, English broadside ballads Over 7,000 ballads from libraries worldwide archived. Online digital archive of primarily 17th century English broadside ballads, digitized into multiple accessible formats for scholars and members of the general public. English Broadside Ballad Archive and University of California, Santa Barbara [25]
[email protected] Classic works including literature, philosophy, science, religion and history.[26] A collection of free ebook editions of significant works from the past. University of Adelaide
EEBO – Early English Books Online
eGranary Digital Library Educational resources from over 3,000 Web sites and hundreds of CD-ROMs. An off-line digital library for communities with inadequate Internet bandwidth, i.e., developing countries, rural schools, prisons. Over 35 million resources in every format: books, journals, Web sites, video, audio, software, multimedia. Includes tools for patrons to create, upload, share, and archive their own content. Has built-in search tools and Web 2.0 services like Moodle, WordPress and Drupal. The WiderNet Project, a service program of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History European history for over 50 countries Facsimiles, transcriptions and translations of primary European historical documents. Brigham Young University's Harold B. Lee Library
The European Library General
European Navigator First digital library on the history of a united Europe.
Europeana 10,000,000+ digital objects Linking archives, libraries, museums and audio-visual material from across Europe.
FRASER Economics A digital library of economic, financial and banking materials covering the economic history of the United States. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis [27]
Gallica French digital library
Google Books General 30,000,000+
Greenstone (software) General
Harvard University Library digital collections General Links to digitized collections from the University's libraries, museums, archives and special collections, covering subjects such as art, architecture, religion, history, culture, botany, biology, landscape design, music, politics, law, and advertising. Projects involved digitizing of analog collections (including images, text, audio files, and music scores), georeferencing maps, or harvesting web resources. Harvard University[28][29] [30]
HathiTrust General 10,000,000+
Heidelberg University Digital Library General Scientific publications, European historic literature of German and Latin languages. Heidelberg University
Humanities University of Michigan [31]
Humbul Humanities hub
Hungarian Electronic Library Hungarian literature
Ibiblio General
INSPIRE-HEP High energy physics Scientific documents in the field of high energy physics. CERN [32]
International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals spiritualist and occult documents and literature 6700+ texts "The IAPSOP is a US-based private organization focused on the digital preservation of Spiritualist and occult periodicals."
International Dunhuang Project Manuscripts International collaborative effort to conserve, catalogue and digitise manuscripts, printed texts, paintings, textiles and artifacts from Dunhuang and other archaeological sites at the eastern end of the Silk Road. British Library and twenty other institutions
International Music Score Library Project
CSS Resources. Previously the International Relations and Security Network (ISN), Digital Library International relations, security Open-source Digital Library service for material related to international relations (IR) and security. Available content includes PDF-documents (journal articles, books, papers, reports), a directory of IR- and security-centered organizations, and multimedia material (podcasts, videos). Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich
Internet Archive General 3,100,000+
Internet History Sourcebooks Project
Internet library sub-saharan Africa (ilissAfrica)
Internet memory General Internet Memory Foundation is a non-profit institution. It actively supports the preservation of Internet as a new media for heritage and cultural purpose.
Internet Sacred Text Archive Religion 1,700+ Archive of public domain texts from spiritual or religious customs and traditions.
JamJar Story Social research A UK based digital video library containing hundreds of snapshots of daily life across the UK JamJar Story [33]
JournalServer Academic journals An international initiative to create a free digital library of academic journals
JSTOR General Subscription required. Page image archive of important scholarly journals, with searchable OCR text.
Kujawsko-Pomorska Digital Library General
The Kurdish Digital Library General The Digital Library consists of writings about the Kurds and Kurdistan. Its aim is to make the Kurdish cultural heritage available as digital data. Page image archive of important scholarly journals, with searchable OCR text. Kurdish Institute of Paris
LacusCurtius Classical studies Ancient Rome texts and Archaeology
The Latin Library
Learning Ally General A digital library serving accessible audio textbooks and general titles to people with print disabilities. Currently over 75,000 popular and educational books in the collection. Learning Ally[34]
Library of Economics and Liberty Liberty Fund
Librivox Public domain books in the United States An online digital library of free public domain audiobooks, read by volunteers. Around ninety percent of the collection is in English.
Literary Kicks
Ludwig von Mises Institute: Literature Libertarianism and economics Libertarian and Austrian School economics resources Ludwig von Mises Institute[35]
Luna Digital Image Collection Arts and Humanities >80,000 Repository of images from the Folger Shakespeare Library Collection, including content related to William Shakespeare, the early modern period, and performance history Folger Shakespeare Library
Making of America collections General
Marefa Arabic literature Digitizes Arabic classics and classics of other languages that are written in Arabic script. Marefa
Marxists Internet Archive A multilingual digital library of works by Marxist, communist, socialist, and anarchist writers.
Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage General
Memoriademadrid Digital Library General A Spanish digital library that provides access to the cultural heritage of the city of Madrid. Memoriademadrid digitizes heritage collections from the archives, libraries and museums belonging to the Local Government of Madrid. Biblioteca Digital memoriademadrid
Metelwin Digital Library General, heritage Online digital library containing books, magazines, journals, newspapers and manuscripts with index and searchable OCR text. Contains digitized regional heritage collections and collections of different ephemeral printed materials. All content free for use. Metelwin Digital Library
Metropolitan Museum of Art General Librarians and interns at the Thomas J. Watson Library have digitized over 250 early Museum Publications. Metropolitan Museum of Art
Michael: Multilingual Inventory of Cultural Heritage in Europe General A project funded by the European Commission to give access to digital collections in European archives, museums and libraries.
Michigan Digitization Project General
Microsoft Academic Knowledge Graph (MAKG) Science The Microsoft Academic Graph (MAKG) is a large RDF data set with over eight billion triples with information about scientific publications and related entities, such as authors, institutions, journals, and fields of study. The data set is licensed under the Open Data Attributions license. University of Freiburg (original files: Microsoft Academic) [36][37]
Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library General
The Muslim Philanthropy Digital Library MPDL covers material from 1900 to the present. It encompasses the diverse cultural, political and social factors influencing the practice of philanthropy as well as the significant contributions from across Muslim-majority countries to contemporary global philanthropic practice. The Muslim Philanthropy Digital Library[38]
Mutopia project
National Academies Press General 3,600+
National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program General
National Digital Library Program General
National electronic library General 1,671,878+ Books, newspapers and magazines in Russian libraries
National Library for the Blind General
Neliti General 50,000+ Collection of Indonesian books, reports and academic journals. National Library of Indonesia
New Advent Catholic 595 Includes the Catholic Encyclopedia, Summa Theologica, Church Fathers, papal encyclicals, and similar documents. All documents are in English except the Bible. Kevin Knight
New York Public Library NYPL Digital Gallery General
New Zealand Electronic Text Centre
Ohio e-book Project General Available through multiple library systems for cardholders in the state of Ohio.
On This Day
Online Books Page General Provides an extensive list of digital book available online.
Online Text Library of the University of Texas at Austin General
Open Content Alliance General
Open Library General 1,000,000+
Open University Library General The online library from the Open University is a gateway to a wide range of online information resources. The library website provides access to a world-class collection of resources that enhance the learning experience of students and support the learning, teaching, research and personal development of members of staff. Open University Library
OSU Library Electronic Publishing Center General
Oxford Text Archive AHDS Literature, Languages and Linguistics
PAIL Solicitors Digital Media and Entertainment Resource Library Digital media & entertainment An index divided into 2 main categories, digital media, technology and entertainment; and website and mobile apps projects, consisting of 7 subcategories. The site includes more than 100 articles and comments related to law, society and policy. PAIL Solicitors Resource Library
Pandora Archive General
Panjab Digital Library Panjabi Literature 30,000,000+ pages from over 100,000 documents A NGO digitizing and preserving cultural heritage of Punjab. There are many historically significant documents stored and made available online at Its scope covers Punjabi culture. The library funded by the Nanakshahi Trust was launched online in August 2009. It is located at Chandigarh.
Paperity General 1,500,000+ articles from 4,200+ journals An aggregator of open access scholarly journals. Contains full-text articles from all academic disciplines, from different countries and languages. Provides multifaceted full-text search, browse by journal, RSS feeds, mobile application to access the literature. Paperity
Perseus Project General
Project Diana Online human rights library; division of the Avalon Project Yale Law School[39]
Project Gutenberg General 65,400+ Founded in 1971, was the first project to create a library of freely available online texts.
Project Gutenberg Australia General Providing texts under Australian copyright law.
Project Gutenberg Canada General Provides texts under Canadian copyright law.
Project Laurens Janszoon Coster Dutch literature A collection of Dutch high literature; no longer maintained since 2001.
Project Madurai Tamil literature A collection of Tamil literature.
Project Noolaham General
Project Rastko Serbian literature Publishes Serbian and Serbian-related digital material, both in public domain and copyrighted.
Project Runeberg Nordic literature
Project Sugita Genpaku Translating any text without permission, if there is no copyright trouble. Commercial use of texts is also allowed.
Projekt Gutenberg-DE
Questia Online Library General 75,000+ Shut down in January 2021
Rare Book Room General General Books translated into 10 languages European Commission
Rubicon Research Repository Environmental physiology
Runivers Russian literature Website devoted to Russian culture and history.
Russian National Electronic Children Library[40] Russian children's literature
Russian State Historic Public Library[41] Russian literature
Russian State Library Russian literature, art, foreign countries books
Sardegna Digital Library Sardinian culture Multimedia materials designed to represent Sardinia Taulara Srl - document service provider
Scriptorium Swiss newspapers 2,500,000+ pages Digitized and full text searchable Swiss newspapers published in canton of Vaud in the last 250 years. University of Lausanne
Sefaria Jewish religious texts Free-content digital library of Jewish texts
Shia Islamic Library Archive - Multi-language Islam Digitizes and archive of Islamic Literature (largest collection of Islamic books online) in several languages. Shia Islamic Library Project
Sophie Project German women's literature 1,500+ Digitizes and distributed German-speaking women's writing in the public domain. Brigham Young University
South Asian American Digital Archive South Asian Americans Documents, preserves and provides access to the material history of the South Asian American community.
Standard Ebooks General Standard Ebooks project Public Domain
Swiss Foundation Public Domain Public domain music 50,000+ gramophone records and phonograph cylinders A project for the conservation and utilization of public domain music and film material. Swiss Foundation Public Domain
Texas Digital Library General
Text Creation Partnership General Three collections (EEBO/TCP, ECCO/TCP, Evans/TCP) - biblioteca digital abierta Spanish literature 2,000+ Open virtual library for public domain and Creative Common books written in Spanish. All content can be read online or downloaded in major ebook formats (PDF, ePUB, MobiPocket) for free. Registered users can add new texts. Eduardo Robsy Petrus
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 Goethe University Frankfurt[42]
Traditional Knowledge Digital Library Indian literature 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
UK Web Archive General The UK Web Archive is a partnership of the six UK legal deposit libraries which aims to collect all UK websites at least once each year. Bodleian Libraries, British Library, Cambridge University Library, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales, Trinity College Dublin [43]
United States National Agricultural Library Agriculture
Universal Digital Library General 1,500,000+ A book digitization project, led by Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science and University Libraries.[44] Working with government and research partners in India (Digital Library of India) and China, the project is scanning books in many languages, using OCR to enable full text searching, and providing free-to-read access to the books on the web.
University of Michigan Library Digital Library Production Service General
University of Pittsburgh Archives Service Center[45]
  • Univ. of Pittsburgh Archives
  • 20th Century Urban Renewal
  • Business & Industry
  • Ethnic Groups in Pittsburgh
  • Labor & Politics
  • Social Action & Women's History
  • Audio-visual materials
University of Wisconsin Digital Collections General University of Wisconsin–Madison[46]
US National Library of Medicine
Varna Digital Library, Варненска дигитална библиотека General A project for digitization of periodicals, postcards and photos related to Varna from the end of the 19th, early 20th century
Vascoda General German internet-portal for scientific and scholarly information, offering interdisciplinary and subject-specific search
Victoria University in the University of Toronto General Digital collections from the university's library, archives and special collections.[47] Areas of strength: William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Northrop Frye, E. J. Pratt, John Wesley, Virginia Woolf / Bloomsbury Group. Victoria University in the University of Toronto [48]
Vilnius University Library Digital Collections General 8,000 Digital collections from Vilnius University Library's special archives: rare books, manuscripts, graphic art and photography collections dedicated for studies, research and cultural education. Vilnius University Library
Virtually Missouri General Digital collections from Missouri libraries, museums, and cultural institutions
Welsh Journals Online General National Library of Wales
Wikibooks General A digital library of new books edited in a similar way to Wikipedia.
Wikisource General 3,500,000+ A digital library of out-of-copyright or freely licensed books.
Wired for Books A project of the WOUB Center for Public Media at Ohio University.
Wisconsin Heritage Online A collaborative statewide portal to Wisconsin's history.
Wisconsin Historical Society Digital Collection History Wisconsin state, regional, and local history books, journals, and museum collections Wisconsin Historical Society[49]
World Digital Library General Library of Congress
World Wide Web Virtual Library General
Wordtheque Word by word multilingual library Digital Hausa Library