The Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML) is pleased to announce its partnership with the World Digital Library (WDL), a web-based resource that features unique cultural materials from libraries and archives from around the world. A joint initiative of UNESCO and the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, prints and photographs, and provides free, unrestricted public access to these materials. HMML will provide images from its partner libraries and its own collection of manuscripts and rare books. Over the next several months, manuscripts from libraries in Lebanon and Syria will be HMML’s first contributions to the WDL, highlighting the enduring significance of ancient Christian communities in the region.
The WDL promotes international understanding by expanding the volume and variety of cultural content on the Internet, providing resources for educators, scholars and general audiences. Institutions contributing to the World Digital Library include national libraries and cultural and educational institutions in Brazil, China, France, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Qatar, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. HMML is honored to be a charter member of this initiative to foster cross-cultural knowledge and understanding.
The World Digital Library may be found at: http://www.wdl.org/en/