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. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

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      • MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
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    4. Grand Canyon University

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    5. Bryant & Stratton College

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    6. Central Christian College of Kansas

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    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts
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      • M.A. in Communication
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    8. Full Sail University

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      • Master of Science - Film Production
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      • BS - Sportscasting (Campus)
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      • BS - Information Technology Bachelors (Campus)
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    10. Independence University

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      • Health Services Management (BS)
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