Updates on the Afghanistan Digital Library project

home_booksThe Afghanistan Digital Library project, begun at NYU in 2003, was designed to digitize and make available on the web as many Afghan publications as possible from the period 1871–1930, the first sixty years of Afghanistan’s published cultural heritage. Users can browse through the books on the website or download complete PDF copies of every volume on the site. The ADL works are in the public domain and all images may be freely reproduced, distributed and transmitted by anyone for any purpose, commercial or non-commercial.


  • There are currently 574 titles on the ADL website. We will soon publish another set of books scanned by the British Library.
  • Most months we get between 2000-3000 unique visitors to the site. We are also contacted regularly via email by users thanking us for making these books available. Sometimes they even offer to contribute new materials.
  • Over the coming year we will migrate the ADL website, built in the mid-2000s, to a new website with an updated book viewer.

Learn more about the Afghanistan Digital Library, including funders, related projects, and bibliographies of printed works during the target period.

Questions? Email us at afghanistandl@nyu.edu

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