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Albanian Collections at the Library of Congress

Open Access Electronic Resources

Codex of Beratinus I and II

Codex Purpureus Beratinus. Berat, Albania. 527-565. World Digital Library.

The ninth century Byzantine-era manuscripts Codex Beratinus I and Codex Beratinus II constitute two unique open-access electronic resources accessible at the Library of Congress that pertain to Albania. The companion manuscripts comprise the two prime jewel pieces of the Central State Archives in Tirana. The links attached to them provide generous descriptions about their survival through the centuries. They were digitized in 2017 thanks to a collaboration between the World Digital Archive and the Central State Archive.

Launched in 2009, the World Digital Library was a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, with the support of UNESCO, and contributions from libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations around the world. The WDL sought to preserve and share some of the world’s most important cultural objects, increasing access to cultural treasures and significant historical documents to enable discovery, scholarship, and use.

WDL partner institutions selected content in accordance with guidelines set by the WDL Content Selection Committee. They chose content for its cultural and historical importance, with due regard to recognition of the achievements of all countries and cultures over a wide range of time periods. The materials collected by the WDL include cultural treasures and significant historical documents including books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, journals, prints, photographs, sound recordings, and films. The digitized collections of the WDL can be searched through the WDL website.

Online Catalogs from Albanian Libraries

The online catalogs described below have been the most useful in general reference work about Albania and in the preparation of various online guides about Albanian publications in the Library of Congress collections.