Digital Collections

Many libraries and museums digitize their resources.  These digital collections make primary sources and historical materials, music, video, photographs and images, maps, books, manuscripts and personal papers, and other materials available for use anywhere in the world. 

Local and Regional Digital Collections

Inventories of Digital Collections Around the World

  • OAIster
    A catalog of digital resources from over 1000 libraries, museums, and organizations.
  • Academic Info Digital Library
    A directory of digital collections, electronic and virtual libraries; online publications, exhibits, documents and journals; traditional libraries and catalogs.
  • Digital Public Library of America
    The DPLA is a discovery tool, or union catalog, for public domain and openly licensed content held by the United States' archives, libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions.
  • IFLA/UNESCO Directory of Digitized Collections
    A part of UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme: Safeguarding Documentary Heritage that hopes to list all major digitized heritage collections and on-going digitization programs worldwide in order to provide a single source of information about digital collections.

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