National Geographic Virtual Library

The complete archive of National Geographic magazine - every page of every issue - along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos. There is also a great section for kids.


The National Geographic Virtual Library is brought to you by the National Geographic Society, one of the world's largest nonprofit educational and scientific organizations. The Society is recognized world-wide as journalism's most trusted name in exploration and discovery.

National Geographic Virtual Library is a powerful tool for research through 100+ years of quality publications.


The National Geophgraphic Virtual Library includes access to all articles, maps, images, videos and full text books available through these below publications:

  • National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994
    Every article from every issue of the National Geographic magazine from 1888 to 1994 is available through an intuitive interface that is fully searchable.
  • National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1995-Current
    Includes every article of National Geographic magazine from the mid-1990s to recent issues.
  • National Geographic People, Animals and the World
    Unlimited access to:

    • Full-text books on travel, science and technology, history, environment, animals, photography, and peoples and cultures
    • Full-text National Geographic Traveler magazine from 2010 to the present (three month embargo)
    • 325 videos
    • 655 full-colour maps
    • 600 National Geographic downloadable images
  • National Geographic Kids (can be searched independently of the other resources)
    Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take younger users on amazing adventures through science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. This archive includes:

    • National Geographic Kids magazine, 2009-present (3 month embargo)
    • 200 National Geographic Kids books
    • 500 downloadable images

Connect with National Geographic Virtual Library or view the National Geographic Virtual Library - the Basics tutorial, to get yourself started!