The Digital Public Library of America provides access to millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Not sure where to start? You’ve come to the right place.

Searching DPLA

Save and share item lists
Learn how to use your DPLA account to create and share lists of your favorite DPLA items in this helpful how-to.

The most powerful way to discover objects in the DPLA is through our main search. Learn more about searching.

Browsing DPLA

In addition to search, you can discover objects in the DPLA by browsing through subjects and exploring our map and timeline. You can also view a series of curated exhibitions developed by our partners. Learn more about browsing.

Using a DPLA account

Anyone can browse, search, and view exhibitions in the DPLA without signing up for a user account. Signing up for an account lets you save searches and items and create playlists for your own use or to share with others. Learn more about DPLA accounts.

Tutorials & Introductory Videos

We have great tutorials and introductory videos, produced either by DPLA or its partners, which help users better understand DPLA, its mission, and its impact. To view them, visit our Tutorials page.


Our DPLA Community Reps have collaboratively created and edited a glossary of terms used in DPLA material. For brief, accessible definitions of these terms, visit our Glossary.

Accessing DPLA data

Are you a developer interested in accessing the DPLA’s data directly? If so, check out our developers section.