The African Digital Library (ADL) is a collection of electronic books (eBooks) that can be accessed and used free-of-charge by any person living on the African continent. Individuals can access the library from any PC that is connected to the Internet in Africa.
The objective of the ADL is to develop a digital library that is available free-of-charge, to residents and institutions of Africa, for academic and business use.
The ADL project aims to facilitate access to library resources without the expense of developing and maintaining a physical infrastructure, by establishing a public digital library for people living and learning on the African continent. The library comprises a collection of books and other resources, in digital format, that are accessible through the Internet.
The ADL was established in November 1999 in collaboration with NetLibrary. NetLibrary was acquired by Ebsco from OCLC in March 2010. Ebsco was fortunate to also obtain a fully formed ebook platform that already had a large collection of about 200, 000 ebooks from 500 publishers available in 17, 000 sites worldwide.
The African Digital Library's collections are now accessible via the Ebsco platforms.
The primary aim of the ADL is to provide access to its collections consisting of :
- The African Digital Library collection (9808 titles)
- Audio books (4 titles)
- A publicly accessible collection (3487 titles)
The Collection includes books on a wide variety of subjects ranging from arts; crafts and astronomy, to mathematics, technology and engineering, medicine, health & education.