About the eGranary

Delivering digital teaching materials to practitioners and scholars in the developing world

The eGranary Digital Library -- "The Internet in a Box" -- is an off-line information store that provides instant access to over 32 million digital resources for those lacking adequate Internet access. 

Through a process of copying web sites (with permission) and putting them on internal networks at partner institutions in developing countries, this digital library delivers instant access to a wide variety of educational resources including video, audio, books, journals, and websites.  A single eGranary, connected to a wired or wireless local area network (LAN), can serve thousands of patrons.

The eGranary comes in three form factors: a full-sized eGranary server optimized for rugged conditions; a 12-volt server than can be run on battery; and a stand-alone USB drive that turns any Windows computer into a server.

The eGranary Digital Library comes with a built-in proxy and search engine that emulates the Internet experience. It has a catalog with over 50,000 professionally organized items.  As well, it hosts a bevy of services, like Moodle (course management software), WordPress, PHP, and MySQL.  It also includes built-in tools that allow subscribers to upload local materials as well as create and edit unlimited websites.

The eGranary Digital Library was founded in 2001 and is developed by WiderNet@UNC, a service project based in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  It is distributed by the WiderNet Project, an affiliated nonprofit based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that focuses on field implementations and training.

The eGranary is installed in over 1,100 schools, clinics, and universities in Africa, India, Bangladesh, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, and many other locations. It is also installed in ten correctional institutions in the U.S. The project aims to expand its installations to thousands of schools, hospitals and universities in underserved areas around the globe.

A succinct description of the eGranary Digital Library can be found at:  

A fun 2-minute video describing the eGranary can be found here:

More information about the project can be found at:  

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A Google Map of eGranary installations can be found at:   

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