Become a Hub

Become a Hub


The DPLA would not exist without the collaboration of our Content Hubs and Service Hubs, the organizations that both aggregate metadata from their partners—the library, museum, archive, and cultural heritage institutions from across the US—and then contribute it to the DPLA. Together, these institutions bring together millions of records about digital texts, photographs, manuscript materials, artwork and more available for use through the DPLA portal and API.

Read a full description of the DPLA Content and Service Hub models.

DPLA Hubs’ and their partners’ collections enjoy increased levels of discovery and use. Since joining DPLA, the Minnesota Digital Library has seen a 55% increase in visits and 62% in unique visitors. The Mountain West Digital Library has seen a bump of 105% in visits and 109% in unique visitors. This traffic is passed on to the contributing institutions that have shared content with these statewide partners.

Apply to become a DPLA Service Hub

Organizations interested in becoming a Service Hub can apply on a rolling basis after conversations with DPLA content staff ( have been held. The application process is meant to aid organizations in understanding and preparing for the responsibilities of participating in the DPLA network as a Service Hub.

In general, a Service Hub represents a community of institutions in their state or region to DPLA, provides their partners’ aggregated metadata to DPLA through a single source, and offers tiered services to create a local community of practice. We encourage potential partners to review the application for more information about the Service Hubs network.

Service Hub Applications

If you have questions about your ability to fulfill Service Hub commitments, please contact the DPLA content staff ( before the application deadline.

My organization doesn’t meet the criteria for Service or Content Hub

If your organization is interested in contributing content to DPLA, but you do not meet the requirements above, please check to see if there is a Service Hub in your state or region. If there is, contact them—they want to hear from you!

If there is not a Service Hub in your state or region, contact other digital repositories in your state or region, including existing collaboratives, major university libraries, museums, state libraries, state archives, and other large cultural heritage institutions to see if conversations about building a service hub have already begun. If they haven’t, start one!  Once you’ve got a working group together, contact us to set up a webinar.