The National Geographic Virtual Library

EXPLORE like never before

Now National Geographic and Gale, part of Cengage Learning, bring these vast resources to digital life with the National Geographic Virtual Library. This collection brings together a 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.

The National Geographic Virtual Library offers four outstanding collections to your library:

From its founding in 1888, the National Geographic Society has grown into an organisation synonymous with exploration, photography, maps, and rethinking the world as we know it. From the iconic National Geographic magazine to the popular National Geographic Traveler and hundreds of books, maps, videos and images, there’s simply no substitute for the depth and quality National Geographic Virtual Library will bring to your library.

* Institutions require access to the National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994 content in order to subscribe
to either of the two additional collections


Information Today Europe (May 2013)

Caroline Fielding, a school librarian, reviews National Geographic Virtual Library - "a really user friendly resource". To access the full review on, please click HERE.

CHOICE (November 2012)

"This wonderful database will be of use to libraries with space shortages, a need to access back issues frequently, or both...Summing Up: Recommended. All libraries; lower-division undergraduates through professionals, and general readers."

Library Journal (October 2012)

“The content of the National Geographic Magazine Archive is phenomenal.  The scanned issues are of great quality and browsing and searching interfaces are quite good.  One-time purchase costs may even be manageable for many institutions.  The archive is recommended for public libraries, as well as school libraries and some academic institutions.”

To access the full review from Library Journal, please click HERE.


CILIP Update (May 2013) - Indexing the National Geographic (opens a PDF)