Digital Public Library of America

‘The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) offers a single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share their lists with others. Users can also explore digital exhibitions curated by the DPLA’s content partners and staff.’ Work on this portal was started in 2010.

‘Through the Digital Hubs Program, the DPLA is working to establish a national network out of the over 40 state/regional digital libraries (Service Hubs) and myriad large digital libraries (Content Hubs) in the US. Service Hubs aggregate data on behalf of a given state or region; Content Hubs are large digital libraries, museums, archives, or repositories that maintain a one-to-one relationship with the DPLA. In total, the DPLA has more than 1,100 partners through the Hubs Program.’

For each item in the DPLA a description is provided. Each record links to the original object on the content provider’s website. In November 2013 the DPLA contained over 5.0 million records.

Digital copies of some objects are available for download, based on the content provider and the individual rights status of the object.