The ADL was established in November 1999 in collaboration with netLibrary, using netLibrary’s existing electronic bookshelf technology, but with a few adaptations to the scope of the library and authentication of users.
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 has a collection of 8714 electronic books, consisting of :
The Collection includes books on a wide variety of subjects ranging from arts & crafts and astronomy, to mathematics, technology and engineering, medicine, health & education.