The World Digital Library

We are so excited to highlight a wonderful new resource for our students traveling abroad! The World Digital Library is a website that promotes international and intercultural learning, and is one of the coolest things we’ve seen in a long time. And that says a lot since we’re often traveling the world!

About the World Digital Library


The World Digital Library

This website was initially proposed by a U.S. Librarian of Congress in July 2005. United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Library of Congress co-sponsored this project and met with experts from around the world getting buy-in. Several big-name partners like Google and Microsoft, among many other public and private sector groups, also got involved and donated millions to make this project come to life.

The website includes photos and biographies of artifacts from around the world, telling the stories of countries across the globe. Each artifact is photographed in detail, and comes with a complete history and explanation. Some of the artifacts include “manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.” In addition to showing artifacts, the descriptions of each artifact are provided in the official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Why Did the Library of Congress Create the World Digital Library?

Those who proposed and moved the project forward noticed a need for an online collection that displayed the world’s best artifacts in many languages. As stated on their website, the goals of the World Digital Library were 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.

Check Out the World Digital Library

Don’t wait any longer – hop over and check out this amazing website. We are truly grateful to have this the cross-cultural, inter-cultural resource this provides for those who study abroad and travel abroad with us!

[All information about the World Digital Library was collected from the website. Visit to learn more!]


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