What is a Virtual Library?

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Definition

There are many definitions of a "digital library." Terms such as "electronic library" and "virtual library" are often used synonymously. The elements that have been identified as common to these definitions are:

  • The digital library is not a single entity;
  • The digital library requires technology to link the resources of many;
  • The linkages between the many digital libraries and information services are transparent to the end users;
  • Universal access to digital libraries and information services is a goal;
  • Digital library collections are not limited to document surrogates: they extend to digital artifacts that cannot be represented or distributed in printed formats.

Association of Research Libraries
October 23, 1995

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