Ranking the World's Best Digital Libraries

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A digital library stores magazines, newspapers, books, reference materials, and other library collections in a digital format. These libraries can be accessed from anywhere in the world as long as you have a computer. Here are ranking lists of the world's best digital libraries.
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General Digital Libraries

The digital libraries on this list hold the most comprehensive collection of library materials available for free online. Some of them are so old that they actually predate the web.

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  • Universal Digital Library - The million book collection.
  • Project Gutenberg - More than 20,000 ebooks, audio books, CDs and DVDs.
  • Bartleby - Huge collection of reference, verse, fiction and nonfiction books.
  • ibiblio - Library and digital archive offering ebooks, academic papers, software, music, and streaming radio.
  • Google Books - More than 100,000 books and a fully searchable database.
  • Live Search Books - Thousands of books and a fully searchable database.
  • World Digital Library - Source for manuscripts, rare books, music, films, maps, prints and more in multilingual format.
  • ERIC - World's largest library of digital education literature.
  • Bibliovault - Digital files for more than 12,500 books.
  • Internet Public Library - Books, magazines, newspapers, reference materials and more.

University Sponsored Digital Libraries

Many of the nation's top colleges and universities host their own digital library collections. All of the libraries shown below can be accessed by students and non-students alike.

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International Digital Libraries

Digital libraries are a worldwide thing. Here are three of the best international collections:

International

Honorable Mentions

The following digital libraries also offer excellent materials.

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    1. Florida Tech

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Applied Psychology
      • BA in Business Administration/Management
      • BA in Accounting
      • BA in Applied Psychology/Child Advocacy
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    Associate's
      • AA in Applied Psychology
      • AA in Business Administration
      • AA in Management
      • AA in Marketing
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    2. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
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      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
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      • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
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      • M.Ed. in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Humanities (ITL)
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      • BS in Psychology
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      • Bachelor: Business Admin
      • BA in Digital Film - Screenwriting
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    3. Bryant & Stratton College

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      • BA - General Management
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      • Criminal Justice Studies - AAS
      • AS - Business
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    Certificate
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      • Criminal Justice and Security Services Diploma
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    4. Syracuse University

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    Master's
      • Masters of Communications
      • Masters of Science in Computer Science
      • Masters in Accounting
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    5. Liberty University

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    Doctorate
      • DME: Doctor of Music Education
      • LLM: International Legal Studies
      • EDD: Curriculum and Instruction
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    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
    Certificate
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    6. Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Masters in Psychology
      • Masters in Dispute Resolution
      • Masters in Legal Studies
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      • Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis
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    7. Penn Foster High School

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    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
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    8. Full Sail University

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    Master's
      • Master of Science - Film Production
      • MS - Entertainment Business (Campus)
      • MS - Game Design (Campus)
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      • Computer Science Masters - Online
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      • Business Certificate (Campus)
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    9. The Chicago School

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    Master's
      • Dual Degree: MA Counseling Psychology and MS Applied Behavior Analysis
      • M.A. Counseling Psychology
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      • M.A. Forensic Psychology
    Certificate
      • Suicide and Cyberbullying Prevention Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning
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    10. Penn Foster

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Florida Tech

  • BA in Applied Psychology
  • BA in Business Administration/Management
  • AA in Applied Psychology
  • AA in Business Administration

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Grand Canyon University

  • Ed.D in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Adult Learning - Qualitative Research
  • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
  • BS in Psychology

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Bryant & Stratton College

  • BA - General Management
  • Criminal Justice Studies - AAS
  • Business Assistant Diploma

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Syracuse University

  • Masters of Communications
  • Masters of Science in Computer Science
  • Masters in Accounting

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Liberty University

  • DME: Doctor of Music Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • CTG: Communication

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Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology

  • Masters in Psychology
  • Masters in Dispute Resolution
  • Masters in Legal Studies

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Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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Full Sail University

  • Master of Science - Film Production
  • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
  • Business Certificate (Campus)

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