Searching Beyond Randall Library

Digital Libraries

Digital Public Library of America
The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.

Partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future.

Internet Archive
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more.

Open Library
The World’s classical literature at your fingertips.

World Digital Library
The World Digital Library (WDL) is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations from around the world.

The WDL makes it possible to discover, study, and enjoy cultural treasures and significant historical documents on one site, in a variety of ways. Content on the WDL includes books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, journals, prints and photographs, sound recordings, and films.

Explore millions of items from a range of Europe's leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums. Books and manuscripts, photos and paintings, television and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet music and recordings, they’re all here. No need to travel the continent, either physically or virtually!

Archives and Manuscripts Search

ArchiveGrid is a collection of over 2 million archival material descriptions, providing access to detailed archival collection descriptions, making information available about historical documents, personal papers, family histories and other archival materials. It also provides contact information for the institutions where the collections are kept. Archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives are represented in ArchiveGrid.

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
Includes archival and manuscript collections and items categorized as archival. A web interface for searching archival and manuscript cataloging in OCLC WorldCat. Includes ability to discover holdings information. Help for searching is available at

SNAC (Social Networks and Archival Context)
Prototype tool. A key objective is to provide researchers with convenient, integrated access to historical collections held by multiple private and public archives and libraries around the world while also setting the stage for a cooperative program for maintaining information about the people documented in the collections.