World Digital Library (WDL)




The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.

The principal objectives of the WDL 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 within and between countries


The World Digital Library (WDL), hosted by The Library of Congress and on mirror sites, provides links to its partner organization Web sites.

The WDL home page contains a world map and a timeline.  The content is organized by geographic region on the map.  

Each region is associated with a group of countries.  

Each region includes content-rare books, maps, manuscripts, photographs, prints, sound recordings, films-about the countries in that region


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