old-illustration-digital-library.jpg National libraries and the U.N. put some of humanity’s earliest written works and illustrations on the Web this week at WDL.org. 

From ancient Chinese oracle bones to the first European map of the New World, the World Digital Library is an enormous online collection of digital reproductions of original documents from libraries the world over.

The project is sponsored by UNESCO and brings together materials from 26 partner institutions in 19 countries and was the brain-child of US Librarian of Congress, James Billington.

The online descriptions are geared to the average person or casually curious to bring understanding of this treasure trove to all corners of the globe. 

Watch both Videos below, one from AP , and another good one from AFP.



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