NDLI- An open source knowledge portal

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The National Digital Library  is accessible free of cost where users can find more than 64 lakh books. During the lockdown, most of us are relying on streaming services and mobile games to pass time. However, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is giving an opportunity to utilise this period for reading. Let’s take a look a the new initiative in detail…

The National Digital Library of India (NDLI) sponsored by MHRD and coordinated by Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp) is accessible free of cost where users can find more than 64 lakh books written by 15 lakh authors in 250 languages. The digital version of the books and magazines can be read using any digital device at nil.iitkgp.ac.in.  Apart from books, the NDLI website also hosts more than 6 lakh thesis by researchers from different Indian institutes, more than 4000 audio lectures, more than 3 lakh video lectures, law judgements, and more.

Accessing  NDLI 

NDLI- An open source knowledge portal

The NDLI website itself mentions that all the resources on the website can be accessed without logging in, but for a better experience, users are advised to log-in first. At the top of the website, there is a Hamburger icon that lets you browse the content on the NDLI website by— type, subject, source, and learning resource. Apart from that, the search bar lets you directly search for any book or author or topic of study.

If you are accessing the NDLI website on a computer, you will see an additional window where you can scroll through ‘Learning Resources Type’ to select books, thesis, article, manuscript, audio lecture, video lecture, question paper, solution, web course, law judgement and more.

There is another ‘Subject Domain’ window that lets you find content based on the subject including language, literature, history, geography, social sciences, technology, arts, philosophy, and more.

The library, accessible on www.ndl.gov.in, can also be downloaded as a mobile app. 


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