National Geographic:
People, Animals, and the World

Beyond the legendary National Geographic magazine, the National Geographic Society publishes a wide array of acclaimed books, periodicals, maps, videos and more.

National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World provides unlimited access to content that attracts, engages and informs students, educators, researchers and general readers:

  • Full-text books on travel, science & technology, history, environment, animals, photography, and peoples & cultures
  • Full-text National Geographic Traveler magazine from 2010 to the present
  • 325 videos on topics ranging from the Islamic world to the lifestyle of Beluga whales
  • 655 full-color maps and atlases to support student learning and assignments, recreational and business travelers, and general knowledge
  • 600 National Geographic downloadable images


Detailed Overview — Books

National Geographic provides full-text books on travel, science & technology, history, environment, animals, photography, and peoples & cultures.

Books on Travel

cover From listing the most affordable vacations to unearthing the hidden gems of a location, travel books are indispensible for the recreational or business traveler. Students, as well, find travel books valuable to their research in geography, world cultures and foreign language. For authoritative travel text and images, you cannot find a better source than National Geographic.  Books based on the popular Traveler magazine and other titles are faithfully recast in digital format to provide unlimited simultaneous access.

Examples include:

  • 100 Best Affordable Vacations
  • National Geographic Guide to the State Parks of the United States
  • Secret Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Best Hidden Travel Gems
  • National Geographic Traveler: Australia
  • National Geographic Traveler: China
  • Walking Rome (Cities of a Lifetime)

Books on Animals

coverIf there’s one constant in the library, it’s the popularity of and demand for books on animals to support assignments and general-interest reading. From training the family dog to identifying wild birds in the skies, National Geographic delivers a full range of titles for all ages – and now, unlimited simultaneous digital access brings these engaging volumes to everyone.

Examples include:

  • National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Sixth Edition
  • Dog Tips from DogTown: A Relationship Manual for You and Your Dog
  • In the Womb: Animals
  • National Geographic Field Guide to the Water’s Edge: Beaches, Shorelines, and Riverbanks

Books on Environment

coverEnvironmental issues – from natural disasters to sustainable energy – tie into student assignments in social studies, global issues, science and more. Researchers and general readers are likewise drawn to books that cover the facts behind the headlines. Support all your patrons with environmental titles from National Geographic – an organization unparalleled in delivering authoritative content tied to all aspects of the Earth.

Examples include:

  • Tornado Hunter: Getting Inside the Most Violent Storms on Earth
  • Extreme Ice Now: Vanishing Glaciers and Changing Climate: A Progress Report
  • Written in Water: Messages of Hope for Earth’s Most Precious Resource
  • Citizens of the Sea: Wondrous Creatures from the Census of Marine Life

Books on History

cover When it comes to conducting research for history assignments, the open web – with its random and sometimes inauthentic results – is too risky a resource. Instead, point students and general readers to authoritative, reliable National Geographic history titles. Topics span centuries and continents to provide coverage of the individuals, events and ideas that changed the world.

Examples include:

  • Abraham Lincoln’s Extraordinary Era: The Man and His Times
  • 1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization
  • Great Empires: An Illustrated Atlas
  • Lost Gold of the Dark Ages: War, Treasure, and the Mystery of the Saxons
  • The Untold Civil War: Exploring the Human Side of War
  • National Geographic Concise History of World Religions: An Illustrated Time Line

Books on Photography

cover When your patrons ask about photography books, they may mean books of notable photos or books on how to take photos. National Geographic – the undisputed leader in photojournalism – publishes titles on both topics. And now, a sophisticated digital platform recreates each photo so that readers can enjoy every detail and get the most insight from the image.

Examples include:

  • Faces of Africa: Thirty Years of Photography
  • Polar Obsession
  • Ocean Soul
  • Photographing Your Family: And All the Kids and Friends and Animals Who Wander Through Too
  • National Geographic Ultimate Field Guide to Travel Photography

Books on Science

cover Science and technology topics take readers to the far reaches of the universe and deep into the human mind. Support student coursework and satisfy general-reader curiosity with outstanding titles from National Geographic. Timely, relevant volumes in digital format provide unlimited simultaneous access that’s ideal for accommodating classroom assignments.

Examples include:

  • Sizing Up the Universe: The Cosmos in Perspective
  • Science as a Contact Sport: Inside the Battle to Save Earth’s Climate
  • Brainworks: The Mind-Bending Science of How You See, What You Think, and Who You Are
  • God Species: Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans
  • The Big Idea: How Breakthroughs of the Past Shape the Future


Detailed Overview — Videos

Students, researchers, enthusiasts – everyone loves videos. Now you can offer them the best. National Geographic’s selection of videos covers a wide range of engaging topics your patrons want: animals, the environment, peoples and cultures, science, technology, travel and more.

Animal Videos

Thrill to the sight of rarely seen Pacific sharks, watch gray wolves form a hunting pack, or just enjoy the antics of a baby chimpanzee in Tanzania. When it comes to animal videos to support student assignments or engage general patrons, nobody delivers like the most trusted name in exploration and discovery: National Geographic.

Examples include:

  • Baby Chimp
  • Lemon Sharks
  • Pelican Banding
  • Rarely Seen Sharks
  • Wolf Hunting Tactics

Environment Videos

Environmental videos from National Geographic inform and educate while they entertain. These professionally produced, fact-packed productions cover everything from erupting volcanoes and underground spelunking to the changing Antarctic ice and the secret toxins found in your own living room.

Examples include:

  • Antarctica Ice
  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Underground Adventure: Spelunking
  • Volcanic Lifestyle

History Videos

Support the core curriculum for students while engaging general patrons in history topics. Only National Geographic videos bring to new life such events as Columbus’ discovery of the New World, the Industrial Revolution, the immigrant experience in America, and the history of the space shuttle.

Examples include:

  • An Industrial Nation
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Immigrants
  • Space Shuttle History

Peoples & Cultures Videos

The study of peoples and cultures isn’t limited to core curriculum subjects like history and social sciences. Users of all ages and backgrounds will find value in National Geographic videos. These brief, compelling productions provide accessible, balanced coverage of topics like blood feuds in Albania, the life of Kyoto geishas and Muslim pilgrimages to Mecca.

Examples include:

  • Blood Feud
  • Geishas
  • Inside Mecca
  • Living in Tombs
  • Tuareg Farmer

Travel Videos

What better way to get acquainted with a destination than through video? Bring the sights, sounds and impressions of faraway places with National Geographic travel videos. Use these short, authoritative videos to help everyone from vacationers planning a Colorado river-rafting adventure to a professional about to pitch business in Northern Ireland.

Examples include:

  • Boston North-End
  • Denali National Park
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Kaikoura
  • River Rafting


Detailed Overview — Maps

As the leader in exploration and discovery, National Geographic built a reputation for producing reliable maps. How reliable? In World War II, the U.S. Armed Forces used National Geographic maps to aid the war effort. Now you can offer your users accurate, up-to-date maps and atlases covering economics, politics, space, history, destinations and more.



Examples include:

  • Destination city maps and travel guides
  • Expedition maps
  • Political maps of continents, countries, and regions
  • Physical maps of ocean floors
  • Climate, plate tectonic, water, land use, and population maps


Detailed Overview — Images

Over 600 images can be downloaded for education use – perfect for classroom use and student assignments.


Examples include:

  • Images of animals like flamingos, elephants, and kangaroos
  • Images related to the environment like molten lava, hurricanes, wildfires, and flooding
  • Images of peoples and cultures – from countries all over the world – Saudi Arabia, India, Panama, Kenya, and more
  • Beautiful images known for their photographic genius
  • Other images related to science and technology and travel