World Digital Library (WDL) Launched to Share Content of World’s Libraries and Cultural Institutions

The World Digital Library (WDL) was launched on April 21, 2009.

Staff writer Louise Fenner at provides the essential details of “a vast multilingual collection of manuscripts, maps, rare books, sound recordings, films, prints, photographs and other cultural and historical materials [which] can be viewed with the click of a computer mouse — and this is only the beginning of an ambitious project to share the contents of the world’s libraries and cultural institutions.

Here is one example: the Constitution of the United States.