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The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) amplifies the value of libraries and cultural organizations as Americans’ most trusted sources of shared knowledge. We do this by collaborating with partners to accelerate innovative tools and ideas that empower and equip libraries to make information more accessible.

We work with a national network of partners to:

  • Make millions of materials from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions across the country available to all in a one-stop discovery experience.
  • Provide a library-controlled marketplace and platform for libraries to purchase, organize, and deliver ebooks and other e-content to their patrons.
  • Convene library leaders and practitioners to explore and advance technologies that serve, inform, and empower their communities.

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The DPLA can be used by anyone for any number of reasons.

  • Educators and students seeking to understand history sift through primary source materials for research and other uses within academia.
  • Scholarly researchers use the DPLA to search through archives across the nation without having to travel.
  • Genealogists, both professional and those just starting out, use it as a starting point for familial history projects.
  • Lifelong learners use it for the opportunity to visit and view exhibits that pique their interests such as those (and more!) linked below.

This is just a small sampling of the numerous collections housed at the DPLA website.


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