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 35 million digital resources for those lacking adequate Internet connections. 

Through a process of copying web sites (with permission) and putting them on the internal networks of our partner institutions, the eGranary 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 or solar power; and a stand-alone USB drive that turns any Windows computer into a server.

The eGranary Digital Library includes 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 easily create and edit unlimited websites as well as upload local materials .

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 WiderNet, an affiliated nonprofit based in Durham, North Carolina that focuses on field implementations and training.

Over 2,200 institutions – schools, clinics, and universities – have adopted the eGranary across Africa, India, Bangladesh, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, and many other locations. Its sister library, the Corrections Offline Education Platform (COEP) is also installed in over 30 correctional institutions in the U.S.

The project aims to expand its use to thousands of schools, hospitals and universities in under served areas around the globe as well as engage librarians and educators to develop custom collections for their communities. 

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

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

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:   

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