Those who do not have local access to a physical collection regularly lose out on the opportunity to experience religious works. Through digitization, such challenges to access disappear. Individuals need only an internet connection to pull a book off the digital shelf. The influence of a digital collection can reach around the world, offering spiritual research and guidance that otherwise would be lost to many students of faith.
Not only does digitization provide access to the millions unable to travel to the collection, but it can offer a wider audience to rare and endangered materials that might be restricted only to staff trained in its handling. These rare collections can gain fresh use and exposure in a digital library.