Sharing DPLA with your community

By Shaneé Yvette Willis, May 14, 2020.
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Hello Friends of DPLA,

We’ve been hearing from public libraries and others around the country who are recommending DPLA to their patrons and communities for free access to cultural heritage artifacts, ebooks, and educational and genealogical resources.

To make it easier for libraries (or anyone!) to share this information, we’ve put together the following summary of our services, along with links to DPLA logos and icons. 

Please share this information with your patrons and colleagues, and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, or if we can be of any further assistance.

We’d love to see how you share these resources. Please send us a link so we can check it out! 

Thank you, and stay well,

Shaneé Yvette Murrain
Community Manager
Digital Public Library of America

Digital Public Library of America is a free, national digital library that provides a single point of access to cultural heritage materials from more than 4,000 libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Go to to search more than 37 million images, videos, texts, and sounds. 


Free Ebooks: You can search our catalog of more than 6,000 ebooks and download titles for free directly at

Educational Resources

Primary Source Sets:Our collection of free primary source sets cover a wide range of topics from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women to Negro League Baseball to Angel Island. All include a curated set of primary sources, lesson plans, discussion questions, and tips for primary source analysis. 

DPLA Search: Use our search to access more than 37 million images, texts, videos, and sounds from our 4,000+ partner institutions across the country. Our collection is useful for primary source research and analysis and research projects on almost any topic under the sun as well as creating things like scavenger hunts and games that put a little fun in e-learning.

Online Exhibitions: Our collection of online exhibitions can introduce students to more than two dozen topics ranging from the 1918 flu pandemic to Political Outsiders in US Presidential Elections to the building of the Transcontinental Railroad

For Genealogists

Family Research: 
We’ve heard from some budding genealogists who are using their extra time at home to dig into their family history. This family research guide is an introduction to using DPLA’s records in your search.

Design Elements
Please feel free to use these logos and icons on your library website, with a link back to