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Digital Libraries

Recommended digital libraries containing a variety of materials on Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe.


The portal "Kniga Belarusi XIV - XVIII vekov" of the Belarusian National Library contains digital copies of important books from the 14th to the 18th century that are related to Belarusian culture and history.

Kniga Belarusi XIV – XVIII vekov

The digital collection "Culture and Art" of the National Library of Belarus contains various collections, including digitised journals from Belarus in the interwar period, a collection on fashion and trends from the 16th to the 20th century, and materials by and about Belarusian composers.

Kulʹtura i iskusstvo: ėlektronnye kollekcii Nacionalʹnoj biblioteki Belarusi

Bosnia & Herzegovina

The digital collection of the Sarajevo Library contains rare and old books, journals as well as maps and visual material on Sarajevo and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Digitalizirana zbirka JU Biblioteka Sarajeva

Die "Digital National and University Library of the Republic of Srpska" enthält digitalisierte Bücher, alte Drucke sowie Zeitungen und Zeitschriften aus dem späten 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert.

Digital National and University Library of the Republic of Srpska


The digital library "Medusa" of the Veria Public Library contains books, newspapers and magazines, photographs and maps on the history of the city of Veria and the surrounding region. In addition, the estates of local artists and collectors are digitised.

Medusa at Veria Public Library

The digital library "Psifiothiki" of the library of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki contains books, archival materials, newspapers and magazines, first-person documents as well as photographs and postcards. In addition, the portal contains a collection of more than 28,000 articles on archaeological events from Greek newspapers from 1832-1932.




The digital library of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts contains, among other things, collections of historical art exhibition catalogues, photographs, sources on the history of theatre and chronicles of the Academy.

Digital Collection and Cataloge of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Art

The digital collection of the National and University Library of Zagreb contains images, sheet music and maps as well as manuscripts and books related to Croatian history and culture.

Digital Collection of the National and University Library Zagreb

Die Zagreb Heritage Collection der Zagreb City Library enthält historisches Bild- und Kartenmaterial, Handschriften, Zeitungen und Zeitschriften, Programmhefte und seltene Bücher zur Geschichte der Stadt Zagreb.

Zagreb Heritage Collection

The "Metelwin digitalna knjiznica" contains digitised books, newspapers, magazines, diploma and doctoral theses, postcards and other materials from all regions of Croatia.

Metelwin digitalna knjiznica


The digital library of the National Library of Montenegro provides access to old and rare books, manuscripts, perodica and visual material. The materials are freely accessible and can be downloaded as full-text searchable PDFs.

Digital Libary of the National Library of Montenegro "Đurđe Crnojević"


The Central Jewish Library (Centralna Biblioteka Judaistyczna) provides the digitised collections of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. It contains, among other things, the Ringelblum Archive, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, as well as numerous manuscripts, old prints and periodicals.

Central Jewish Library


Polona – the largest Polish digital library – contains digitised holdings of the Polish National Library, including the most valuable treasures of Polish culture and history. The digitised items represent a cross-section of disciplines and epochs: from manuscripts, the oldest Polish prints, maps, newspapers and photographs to first editions of scientific and fine arts literature and popular publications such as postcards, children's books and old reference works. Special features are thematic collections on individual topics.

Digital Library Polona 


The Digital Repository of Scientific Institutes (Repozytorium Cyfrowe Instytutów Naukowych, RCIN) contains digital copies of renowned scientific institutions in Poland. Particularly noteworthy are - in addition to old prints, manuscripts and maps - numerous archival materials in the field of Polish scientific history. These include activity reports, conference materials (folders and posters), estates of famous scientists as well as materials from exhibitions and competitions.

Digital Repository of Scientific Institutes


The Jagiellonian Digital Library (Jagiellońska Biblioteka Cyfrowa) contains digitised holdings of the Jagiellonian Library in Krakow. It includes historical manuscripts, periodicals and administrative publications, as well as drawings, photographs and leaflets.

Jagiellonian Digital Library 

The main focus of the Kujawsko-Pomorska Digital Library (Kujawsko-Pomorska Biblioteka Cyfrowa, KPBC) is in the areas of educational materials and cultural assets of national rank in the regional holdings of the historical regions of Kujawy and Pomerelia. Particularly noteworthy are the so-called Baltica, Vilniana and Copernicana. The library has a large collection of photos, maps, graphics, manuscripts, printed incunabula and audio material.

Kujawsko-Pomorska Digital Library

Die Podlaska Digital Library (Podlaska Biblioteka Cyfrowa) enthält digitialierte Bücher, Karten, Musikalia sowie Archivalia. Zu Themen wie die Geschichte Podlachiens, Grenzregionen und Esperanto existieren eigene Sammlungen.

Podlaska Digital Library

The Polish Digital Libraries Federation (Federacja Bibliotek Cyfrowych, FBC) brings together the digital collections of leading cultural and scientific institutions (libraries, archives, museums) in Poland  and repositories in a common database.

Polish Digital Libraries Federation

The main focus of the Wielkopolska Digital Library (Wielkopolska Biblioteka Cyfrowa, WBC) is on digital copies of teaching materials, regional literature (sources and secondary literature) from and about Wielkopolska, cultural assets of national significance and numerous musical works.

Wielkopolska Digital Library


The digital library provides access to digitised material on the history of Sibiu and Transylvania. Included are books and manuscripts, newspapers and magazines, postcards and photographs, as well as a collection of historical business cards.

Digital Library ASTRA Sibiu County Library


The digital library of the "Lucian Blaga" Central University Library Cluj includes books, manuscripts, journals as well as visual material on the history of Transylvania and Cluj-Napoca.

Digital Library of the “Lucian Blaga” Central University Library Cluj

The digital repository contains books, journal articles and entire volumes, maps as well as visual material such as photographs, drawings and postcards from the holdings of the Central University Library of Iasi. The digitised material is available as PDF and JPG files and can be searched in full text.

Digital Libary of "Mihai Eminescu" Central University Library of Iasi


Restitutio is the digital platform of the Bibliotecii Centrale Universitare "Carol I" and provides access to digitised collections of manuscripts, old and rare books, newspapers and magazines, current Romanian and foreign books, as well as image and map material.



The Digital Library of the National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg contains digitized collections of rare books from the 17th and 18th centuries, maps, 16th and 17th century manuscripts on the history of Russia, Western European publications on Russia, and illustrated books of the Russian avant-garde. Access to the materials is possible only after a free registration.

Digital Library of the National Library of Russia

The digital library of the State Public Historical Library of Russia contains digitised books, maps, newspapers and magazines published in Russia since the 16th century. Of particular note is the collection of election campaign material, which contains nearly 1500 ephemera, including flyers and posters, from the 1990s and 2000s.

Ėlektronnaja biblioteka GPIB

Die "Fundamental Digital Library of Russian Literature and Folklore" enthält Werke der russischen Literatur und Folklore vom 11. bis 20. Jahrhundert. Ergänzt wird das Portal durch wissenschaftliche Abhandlungen, Editionen und literaturwissenschaftliche Enzyklopädien.

The Fundamental Digital Library of Russian Literature and Folklore


The oldest online library on the Russian internet contains fictional and non-fictional literature.

Lib.ru: Biblioteka Maksima Moškova

The National Electronic Library contains more than 4,000,000 digital copies, including monographs, periodicals, maps and images. The portal is operated by the Russian State Library. Registration is required to download the digitised material; use within the website is possible without logging in

National Electronic Library

The National Electronic Children's Library contains digitised children's books, newspapers and magazines as well as children's films published in Russia since the 18th century.

National Electronic Children's Library

The Russian Virtual Library (Russkaja virtualʹnaja biblioteka) provides access to fictional and non-fictional literature by Russian authors from the 18th to 20th centuries.

Russkaja virtualʹnaja biblioteka

The Sibirica Collection contains Russian and Asian books and maps from the collection of Georg von Asch, which depicts the wide-ranging network of land exploration and land grabbing in Russia in the second half of the 18th century. The content focuses on the history and culture of Siberia from its discovery to its conquest by Russia. In addition, photographs, maps and other source material from the Library of Congress, the State Library in Moscow and the National Library in St. Petersburg complement the collection

Sibirica-Sammlung der SUB Göttingen


The digital library of the Čačak Public Library contains digitised books, magazines as well as postcards and textbooks. In addition, a collection of Yugoslav factory newspapers published by various workers' collectives is also accessible.

Digital Library of the Public Library Čačak


The digital library contains books, newspapers and manuscripts, including a large collection of oriental manuscripts. The oldest dates back to 1206.

Digital Libary of the University Library "Svetozar Markovic" Belgrade

The Digital National Library of Serbia contains digitised books and manuscripts, journals and newspapers as well as maps and images. The temporal focus is on the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. There are thematic collections on topics such as the First World War, migration in art and science, and the Sokol movement.

Digital National Library of Serbia

The portal contains Serbian books from the 15th to the 19th century, manuscripts, periodicals, posters and advertisements as well as maps and images.

Digital Matica srpska Library


Die äußerst umfasende Digital Library of Slovenia enthält Bücher, Periodika, Handschriften sowie Bild- und Kartenmaterial. Die Digital Library kann im Volltext durchsucht werden, zusätzlich gibt es eine thematische Sortierung. Die einzelnen Digitalisate können als PDF heruntergeladen werden.

Digital Library of Slovenia

Das Portal enthält Bücher, Zeitungen und Zeitschriften, Kartenmaterial sowie Archivalien von Partnerinstitutionen, darunter das Archive of the Republic of Slovenia und das Lubljana Historical Archive. Die Digitalisate können im Volltext durchsucht und als PDF heruntergeladen werden. 

History of Slovenia – SIstory

Das Portal bietet Zugriff auf digitalisierte Materialien verschiedener lokaler und regionaler Kultureinrichtungen in Slowenien, darunter Bibliotheken, Museen, Heimatvereine und Schulen. Enthalten sind vor allem Materialien mit lokalgeschichtlichem Bezug, u.a. Fotografien, Postkarten und Unterlagen lokaler Vereine.

Kamra – Digitalised Cultural Heritage of Slovenian Regions


Die Česká digitální knihovna ist ein Aggregator und bietet Zugriff auf digitale Materialien verschiedener tschechischer Bibliotheken, darunter die Nationalbibliothek, die Mährische Landesbibliothek sowie die Bibliothek der Akademie der Wissenschaften. Neben Monographien und Periodika sind Karten, Handschriften sowie Noten enthalten.

Česká digitální knihovna

Die Digital Library of the National Library of the CR Kramerius 5 enthält digitalisierte Monografien, Karten, Zeitschriften und Zeitungen aus den Beständen der tschechischen Nationalbibliothek.

Digital Library of the National Library of the CR


The digital library "Culture of Ukraine" contains more than 13,000 retro-digitised books on Ukrainian culture, history, literature and ethnography from the holdings of various libraries and academic institutions.

Digital Library "Culture of Ukraine”

The Open Electronic Library provides access to digital copies of the holdings of the Yaroslav Mudryi National Library of Ukraine. It contains mainly monographs, but also some periodicals.

Open Electronic Library of the Yaroslav Mudryi National Library of Ukraine


Die Digital Library of the National Széchényi Library bietet Zugriff auf digitalisierte Monografien, Periodika sowie Bildmaterial mit Bezug zu Ungarn. Enthalten ist außerdem die Bibliotheca Corvina Virtualis, die Kodizes und Inkunabeln aus der Königlichen Bibliothek von König Matthias Hunyadi zeigt.

Digital Library of the National Széchényi Library

Die Hungaricana ist ein äußerst umfassendes Portal mit digitalisierten Quellen zur ungarischen Geschichte und Kultur, u.a. Zeitungen und Zeitschriften, Bild- und Kartenmaterial, Veröffentlichungen unterschiedlicher Museen sowie Sammlungen verschiedener in Ungarn ansässiger Religionsgemeinschaften.


Die Plattform ermöglicht den Zugriff auf digitalisierte Bestände verschiedener Partnerinstitutionen, darunter Theater, Museen, Bibliotheken. Die Digitalisate sind frei zugänglich und können als JPG heruntergeladen werden.

MaNDA – Hungarian National Digital Archive

Cyprus (Greek part)

The digital library contains digitised books, old prints, manuscripts and maps on the history of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean. The oldest works date back to the 15th century.

Digital Library of the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation