Digital Library Collections: Treasures from Around the World

Treasures from library collections around the world are in the spotlight at Gleeson Library, in honor of International Education Week. Stop by the reference desk to see books that feature amazing collections from some of the world’s most fabulous libraries, a beautiful slideshow, and an interactive display of more treasures from international library and archives’ digital collections. For a taste, check out the links below. Happy browsing!

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How can a library in one country benefit users globally? By providing access to our digital collections, libraries help share our histories, stories, and cultures. Through the digitization and preservation efforts of libraries worldwide, we are reminded that resources previously only available to patrons visiting in person can now be accessed by anyone through the internet.

We’ve created a guide to the collections pictured here, but there are hundreds more. Links to a few portals to the wonders in libraries and archives all over the world are below:

The Commons
Hidden treasures from the world’s public photography archives and cultural heritage institutions.

An aggregator of content from many digital contributors in Europe.

Library of Congress Digital Collections
Access online collections: view maps & photographs; read letters, diaries & newspapers; hear personal accounts of events; listen to sound recordings & watch historic films

Oxford University Digital Collections
Wide array of materials from the University and associated cultural institutions including the Ashmolean Museum, Bodleian Library, Queen Elizabeth House, and more

Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance
Thirty-one academic libraries surrounding the Pacific have joined together to improve access to scholarly resources.

A Princeton LibGuide of Collected Digital Collections from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal
Guide to Internet portals and digital libraries compiled by expert librarians at Princeton University

The Tibetan and Himalayan Library Collections
Contains audio and video collections, Tibetan texts, 60,000+ images, and maps.

The World Digital Library
Library of Congress project. carried out with the support of UNESCO in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations from 193 countries.

Our tribute to International Education Week is a collaboration between Gleeson Library Reference and Technical Services staff: Colette Hayes, Erin Lybrand, Penny Scott, and Debbie Benrubi.

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