The Silesian Digital Library (SDL) was established by the agreement between the Silesian Library in Katowice and the Silesian University signed on 20th July 2006.
The mission of the project is to present online the cultural heritage of Silesia in its historic and contemporary diversity, publish the scientific property of the region and support teaching and educational activities.
The coordinator of the actions associated with the creation of the SDL is the Silesian Library in Katowice. It also supports the SDL hardware and software platform.
Resources published in the Silesian Digital Library are available to non-commercial users free of charge. Conditions of commercial use of the SDL materials depend on the decision of copyright owners of digital publications.
Each member of the Silesian Digital Library maintains rights to digital publication and determines the period of its availability.
Owing to the fact that the SDL has been included in the national system of digital libraries, it also enables direct access to materials published in other regional digital libraries (go to: Remote digital libraries).
Descriptions of publications of the Silesian Digital Library are indexed and can be searched by global search engines.
Publications of the SDL are divided into collections:
Collection comprises various publications related to the bibliophile movement. We present materials concerning the activities of the Silesian Society of Book and Graphic Art Lovers and Roman Chrząstowski – a doyen of Polish bibliophiles, whose legacy is kept in the Silesian Library.
Collection Cultural heritage contains digital copies of the most valuable and interesting old written texts kept in Silesia. There are to be found old prints, manuscripts, pamphlets, cartographic materials and iconographic collections (including graphic materials, postcards and photography) as well as printed books published from the beginning of 19 century.
Educational and Scientific Materials
Collection contains digital copies of textbooks and other materials used in teaching and educational activities as well as scientific papers and PhD theses.
Collection Miscellanea comprises digital copies of various materials (books, periodicals, pamphlets, photographs) related to religion, but also Judaica and Masonica.
Collection Regional contains digital copies of books, periodicals and other documents related to Silesia, Dąbrowa Basin and Borderlands (particularly Lvov that was connected with Silesia by bonds of special importance).