The Guide to Lifelong Learning with DPLA

By providing access to millions of items, DPLA contains a wealth of knowledge you can use to explore your favorite topic. Or, find a new favorite!

Browse by Topic

Not sure where to get started with DPLA? Dive into a subject with browse by topic. Each topic is designed to highlight the best items DPLA has on a subject. Use it as a jumping-off point to explore subjects such as baseball and photography, or discover what types of items you can find in DPLA.

DPLA Browse By Topic

What else can you use?

Our Exhibitions tell stories about our nation’s history and culture using sources from libraries, archives, and museums. Delve into an exhibition to learn more about a moment in American history, and maybe even find your next research interest.

If you know just what you’re looking for, you can search the millions of items from many institutions in DPLA. Check out our Search Tips to learn how to return strong search results. As you discover interesting materials, create lists of items to come back to later without having to repeat your search.

Drawing of woman in library

Courtesy of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum via Smithsonian Institution.

Find out more information

Read more about the institutions contributing to DPLA on DPLA Pro. Get to know them better by exploring their collections.

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