Google Books Library Project – It would be impossible to talk about digital library collections without mentioning Google — one of the most impressive and most-discussed of all of the digital book scanning projects. The stuff from Oxford’s Bodleian Library is a must-see forÂ Isaac Newton’sÂ Mathematical principles of natural philosophy from 1729, the first edition of Jane Austen’sÂ Emma. I’m a fan of theÂ Inside Google Books blog — especially when spotlighting things such as Nietzsche’s mustache.
Columbia UniversityÂ Digital Collections — The Digital Collection is a mix of things. The Digital Scriptorium is neat, in an esoteric kind of way. The best stuff by far are the online exhibitions from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library — “Shakespeare and the Book“Â (which includes the rarest of the rare, Shakespeare’s First Folio) and “Our Tools of Learning”
The British Library Online Gallery — Arguably one of the best digital collections in the world. TheÂ Shakespeare collection is second to none. The Leonardo da Vinci notebooks and sketches are amazing; and the original, handwritten and hand-illustrated manuscript of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of the library’s most beloved treasures.