3 December

How Online Libraries Work?

Haven’t yet ventured into the world of online libraries? Then you are missing one of the greatest things in the world.

A digital library stores all the information in the digital format and is easily accessible over the internet.

Through online libraries, you can download and order your desired book in any subject from any location in the world.  You have numerous options available on multiple websites. If you could not find your desired book on one website or if it is not available, you can easily search for it on another website. It is simply amazing to start reading your book cost for free.

Requirements of Digital Libraries

Here are listed a few of the requirements for digital libraries:

  • For network: WAN, LAN, MAN etc.
  • For storage devices: optical storage devices, hard disks etc.
  • For software: use of suitable software which is easily interconnected and appropriate for WAN and LAN connection.
  • For audio–visual: appropriate equipment including streaming options.
  • For workstations: UPS, servers, PC with multimedia capabilities.

Functions of Digital Libraries

The functions of online libraries are quite similar to physical libraries:

  • Easy access to the primary information sources.
  • Large amount of information is easily accessible to the users.
  • The use of both Intranet and Internet.
  • Client server architecture.
  • User-friendly interface and use of hypertext links for navigation.
  • Support the multimedia content.
  • Integration with other online libraries.

Benefits of Online Libraries

  • Digital libraries are easily accessible on 365/24 basis. Round the clock availability helps you access your book from anywhere.
  • There is no physical boundary. You do not need to go to a physical library. You can gain access to your information from within the comfort of your home.
  • The traditional libraries are usually limited by storage space. This is not in the case with digital libraries. They have the potential to store an unlimited volume of books and information.
  • Digital library delivers access to information in a structured manner. For example you can easily move from the catalog to the specific book, then to the specific chapter and so on.
  • The cost of maintaining a traditional library is much higher than digital library. The traditional library must spend a significant part of the budget on staff, rent and additional copies of books.
  • Digital libraries offer multiple accesses to a number of users where these users can access the same resources at the same time.
  • Digital libraries deliver a user friendly interface which is highly usable and accesses the resources in an instant.


With affordability, ease of use and convenience of online libraries, it is no wonder that these libraries are rapidly replacing the traditional library model. The range and number of online libraries and their collections is increasing exponentially and now offers a wide range of choices to the readers.

An important development is the link between eBook readers and online libraries. The users could their eBook readers and apps as virtual library card to access several digital libraries at the same time.