The World Digital Library makes significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world available on the Internet, free and in multiple languages.
From this single site, the World Digital Library makes it possible to discover, study, and enjoy unique cultural items from all over the world, in a variety of ways. Here can be found such diverse items as manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.
Many languages are represented in the books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, and other primary materials, which are provided in their original languages.
The principal objectives of the World Digital Library are to:
- Promote international and intercultural understanding.
- Expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the Internet.
- Provide resources for educators, scholars, and general audiences.
- Build capacity in partner institutions to narrow the digital divide.
One of the most useful features of the World Digital Library is the description of each item. Written by curators and other experts, this information provides vital context for users and is designed to spark the curiosity of students and the general public to learn more.
Browse the World Digital Library by place, time, topic, type of item, and contributing institution, or search in several languages. Navigation tools and content descriptions are provided in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Special features include interactive geographic clusters, a timeline, and advanced image-viewing.
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