Digital Education Libraries

Although there is a wealth of online resources available for teachers and students, this information is more useful when organized. Digital education libraries work a lot like regular libraries, and are largely composed of pre-internet material that has been digitized and made searchable.


iBooks is an ebook app for devices such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod. It can be installed for free from the iTunes App Store. Students and teachers can read a range of books directly from their tablets or smartphone. In particular, teachers and students have access to a variety of multi-touch books with interactive features.

National STEM Centre UK

The STEM Centre has the UK’s most extensive collection of STEM teaching resources. Teachers of science, technology, engineering and math get high-quality support materials – organised by age, format and type of resource (ie, video, PDF, podcast). You can access their e-library here.

World Digital Library

This free multilingual resource allows students to access significant primary materials from different countries, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, music scores, films, photographs, and architectural drawings. Items can be browsed by place, time, topic, type, contributing institution, or through search. Special features include interactive geographic clusters, and curator interviews.  Some of WDL’s objectives include providing resources for educators and students, and partnering with institutions to narrow the digital divide between countries.

Google Books

Google Books allows students and teachers to search the text of scanned books and magazines. The text is either available in full, or in snippets. Popular texts, or classics, or often available in full. The original material has been converted to text via optical character recognition.

The Sketchbook Project Digital Library

This digital library is a virtual extension of the Brooklyn Art Library, and contains scanned contributions to the Sketchbook Project (an independent Brooklyn-based company that organizes global, collaborative art projects). The project features more than 30,539 artists’ books contributed from around the world.

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