The World Digital Library It is not a novelty. Its history dates back more than two decades, when in 2009 the United States Library of Congress and UNESCO joined forces to conceive it as the great universal library in which to find in multiple languages ​​and for free important fundamental materials of cultures from practically the entire planet.

At the present time, the World Digital Library accumulates about 20,000 articles on 193 countries between 8,000 a. C. and the year 2000.

About 20,000 articles on 193 countries between 8,000 a. C. and the year 2000 make up the World Digital Library

A huge background whose objective is to promote international and intercultural understanding; expand the quantity and variety of cultural content on the internet; provide resources to educators, scholars, and the general public; and allow partner institutions to reduce the digital distance within and between countries. In short, unite the world a little more and build bridges.

Much more than a digital library

Far from circumscribing to documents and texts, this endless library is an inexhaustible source of wisdom. In it we find books, manuscripts and periodicals of all kinds, yes, but also sound recordings, films, photographs, images and even interactive maps on a good number of subjects.

Books, manuscripts, periodicals, sound recordings, films, photographs, images, interactive maps … knowledge in multiple formats and languages

The best way to start discovering all that the World Digital Library can offer us is using the search engine or going to the menu and clicking on Explore. In the drop-down we can choose to start browsing through the funds depending on places, periods, themes, types of article or institution. Because although those responsible for the library are the United States Library of Congress and UNESCO, more than a hundred and a half libraries and other types of institutions from around the world collaborate with them.

Since this project quality prevails over quantityIt is not surprising that the pages of each article, text, book, manuscript, photograph or map have a large amount of information with metadata, descriptions, details and related content. All this information has been prepared by experts in the field with the aim of providing context and discovering the funds closely.

Of course, much of this material can be downloaded.

         World Digital Library: a great and unknown library with the history of (almost) everyone