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archive.org – The daddy of them all. Contains scans of everything from literary classics to nineteenth-century PhD theses, and proclaims its ambition to create ‘one web page for every book ever published’. Also hosts the Wayback Engine, so that we know what bits of the Internet looked like before they were closed down or imploded. Quality varies a bit according to source but can’t fault it for comprehensiveness.

wikisource.org – Sister project to Wikipedia. Texts uploaded by members of the public. Many languages available, provides links to corresponding Wikipedia article where available.

Project Gutenberg – Now in collaboration with archive.org. Works can be downloaded onto iPad or Kindle.

Intratext – Specialises in Latin, Italian and sacred works, but with a handful of other collections as well.

Sacred Texts – Mostly religious, but includes some classical texts as well. With pretty pictures.

OMACL – The Online Medieval and Classical Library. Mostly epics and a few histories.

The Rare Book Room - some extremely beautiful scans of precious and significant texts.

Domínio público - site provided by the Government of Brazil, though not specifically Brazilian in scope.

ABU: la Bibliothèque universelle. French language, but not restricted to French authors.

By country

Literature.at – Vast archive of Austrian literature online.

Bibliotecaitaliana.it – A library of Italian literature

Bivio – Another Italian collection sponsored by the University of Pisa.

Girolamo Cardano – a site for the study of the Renaissance in southern Italy.

Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes - site hosted by the University of Alicante, dedicated to Spanish and Ibero-American literature. Works in partnership with the Biblioteca Joan Lluis Vives and Letras Galegas, for Catalan and Galician literature respectively.

DBNL – The Digital Library for Dutch Literature.

The library of Monumenta Germaniae Historica – a famous series of texts for the study of German history, founded in 1819 and available on-line since 2004.

CELT – a corpus of 1100 Irish texts, in both Irish and English. ‘Ireland’s longest running humanities computing project.’

University and national

Gallica – Getting a book out of the Bibliothèque nationale de France may be about as straightforward as negotiating with the SNCF, but who cares when so much of it is online?

Bibliothèques virtuelles humanistes – Hosted by the University of Tours. Largely consists of Renaissance humanists at present, but constantly expanding.

Service commun de la Documentation – at the University of Strasbourg. Another digitised collection of old books.

Scriptorium – collection of early English manuscripts from the University of Cambridge.

Bibliotheca Augustana – selection of on-line texts from the University of Augsburg. Page navigation can be a bit peculiar at times.

Other German universities – Dresden, Halle.

Spanish universities and local governments: Valencia, Bizkaia, Andalusía.

Selection of American and Canadian universities – Fordham, MIT, Rochester (Arthurian literature only), Pennsylvania, Michigan, Toronto. Most of these are also available via archive.org. Some materials may be restricted to university members only.

DSpace – a collection of scans from Tartu University Library in Estonia.

Waller’s manuscript library from Uppsala University in Sweden.

Specialist sites

Avalon – the law library at Yale.

biolib.de – historic works on botany and biology.

Sophie - a collection of German female writers.

Latin texts

The Latin pages of the Intratext project.

The Perseus Project – a digital library hosted by the University of Tufts. Very comprehensive site for classical studies. Mostly public domain with a few restrictions.

Poeti d’Italia – a repository of Medieval and Renaissance poetry from Italy, written in Latin.

Unione Accademica Nazionale – Archivio della Latinità Italiana del Medioevo. Another site specialising in the Latin works of Medieval Italy, hosted by a union of Italian universities. For some reason a lot of the internal links are broken – you have to change a \ to a / to get them to work. Maybe the webmaster has expired - or is it a ploy to prevent IT-illiterate people from gaining access to dangerous knowledge?

The Latin Library. Easily navigable collection of all the ‘big names’ in Latin literature, from classical times to the present day.

Forum Romanum – Site dedicated to the Romans, including a ‘corpus scriptorum’ of what they wrote.

The Heinsius Collection - a site from Leiden University dedicated to Dutch Renaissance Latin writers.

Latin pages from the university of Mannheim and the university of Birmingham.

Christian texts

Clerus – a truly remarkable site, comprising the Church Fathers and the magisterial declarations of the Catholic Church. Its power lies in its Bible browser, which allows each verse to be cross-referenced to instances where it is quoted by Catholic writers.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library – quite a mixture. Includes the Church Fathers, some hymns, and a sprinkling of English classics.

Religious collections in the Intratext archive – includes Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox. Also features texts from other religions.

Documenta Catholica Omnia – a vast resource including scans of most (all?) of Migne’s Patrologia Latina and Patrologia Graeca – cheap nineteenth-century prints of all the major writers of the Catholic Church, including the Church Fathers and the Scholastics. But there’s a lot more than just Migne. Warning, the contents pages tend to run very slowly!

Early Christian Writings – with a particular focus on New Testament Apocrypha, including Gnostic gospels and a reconstruction of the ‘lost sayings’ gospel Q, which might not have existed.

New Advent – hosts the Catholic Encyclopaedia of 1907-1914, the Summa of Thomas Aquinas, and more from the Church Fathers.

Christian pages on the Latin Library.

Cyberhymnal from Oremus. Pretty much every major hymnbook compiled into one.

Internet Christian Library – rather a mixed collection, largely a portal to other Christian sites but with some texts online as well.