May 23, 2022

A New Research Service (Beta): OpenTexts.World Provides Access to Over 8 Million Digitized Texts From 8 Digital Libraries and Collections From Around the World

From the OpenTexts.World Website:

OpenTexts.World is an experimental service that provides free access to digitised text collections from around the world. Think of it as a search engine for books.

Every year, libraries worldwide digitise hundreds of thousands of books. Open Texts brings (some of!) those collections together, allowing you to search across a multitude of different libraries worldwide.

What’s on our shelves

8 million items
If you put them all on one very long bookshelf, they’d keep going for over 100 miles!

85 languages
From Middle German to Tagalog, if someone’s written it down, it’s probably here.

15th century onward
We have records from as early as 1455 through to many more modern books.

Where our records come from

OpenTexts.World currently searches digitized content from the following libraries:

The service is based on research undertaken by the Global Digitised Data Network, an Anglo-American research collaboration, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Direct to OpenTexts.World

Learn More in this Blog Post: The GDDNetwork Final Report

See Also: OpenTexts.World on Twitter

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.