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 30 million Internet resources to institutions lacking adequate Internet access. Through a process of copying web sites (with permission) and delivering them to partner institutions in developing countries, this digital library delivers instant access to a wide variety of educational resources including video, audio, books, journals, and Web sites.
There are two major types of eGranaries: servers that connect to wired or wireless local area networks (LANs) and can serve thousands of patrons; and stand-alone USB drives that connect to a single computer. Both have a built-in proxy and search engine that emulates the Internet experience. Both include built-in tools for subscribers to upload local materials as well as create and edit unlimited Web sites.
The eGranary Digital Library was founded in 2001 at the University of Iowa and is developed by the WiderNet Project, a nonprofit based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and affiliated with the School of Information and Library Science at UNC, Chapel Hill.
The eGranary is installed in more than 650 schools, clinics, and universities in Africa, India, Bangladesh, Haiti and 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:
More information about the project can be found at:
eGranary Brochures and Flyers can be found at:
A Google Map of eGranary installations can be found at:
Read on to learn more about the eGranary Digital Library:
- Download the eGranary Evaluation Report
- History & Background
- Current Subscribers
- Report Highlight: Objectives & Scope
- Report Highlight: What We Learned
- Report Highlight: On-Going Evaluation System
- eGranary in Action
- Evaluation Team and Advisory Committee
- Get Involved