World Digital Library offers fascinating glimpses of world history & culture.

The history of the world is a complex tapestry of events, images and sounds. You’ll find a small sampling of those images and sounds is available at the World Digital Library. The WDL is a free, online resource that allows you to view and listen to primary materials from a wide variety of countries and cultures.

The WDL currently offers over one thousand items contributed by institutions around the world. Included in the collection are manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, audio recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings. Users can browse by place, time, topic, type of item and contributing institution, or by an open-ended search. Navigation tools and content descriptions are provided in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Many more tongues are represented in the materials themselves, which are provided in their original languages.

So take some time to digitally explore cultural treasures from around the globe at the World Digital Library.