Take Control of your Digital Collections
Driven by our mission to maximize access to knowledge, DPLA gives libraries greater control over the acquisition and delivery of ebooks and audiobooks and makes more diverse ebooks easily available to libraries and their patrons while advocating for the needs of libraries in the marketplace. DPLA’s ebook work is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
The DPLA Exchange is the only e-content marketplace built by libraries, for libraries. DPLA Exchange member libraries can acquire a wide range of open and licensed ebooks and audiobooks on the best possible terms.
With the help of our Curation Corps of volunteer librarians, DPLA has created a collection of more than 7,000 free ebooks available for instant download. We also support Open Ebooks, a program that provides free access to ebooks for children in low-income communities.
DPLA is proud to help lead the growing community of libraries using SimplyE and the Library Simplified open-source software, developed and hosted by The New York Public Library.
An ebooks marketplace built by and for libraries
The DPLA Exchange is an e-content acquisitions platform that works seamlessly with SimplyE. DPLA can help libraries customize diverse collections beyond the bestsellers, including non-English titles. Member libraries also benefit from DPLA’s ongoing publisher negotiations for new, more favorable licensing terms.
Build an instant collection of free ebooks
Jumpstart your digital collection with our free Open Bookshelf titles. Select from thousands of freely available items including classics, contemporary fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, and textbooks, all reviewed by our Curation Corps of librarians.
Simultaneous multi-user ebooks and audiobooks
DPLA has partnered with BiblioLabs to give libraries access to a growing collection of thousands of titles, including independent author collections and content from major publishers. Our simultaneous multi-user model allows an unlimited number of patrons to borrow books at the same time.
Original DPLA Publications
DPLA is also a publisher. We’ve introduced original, easy-to-read ebook versions of important government documents, including our award-winning ebook versions of the Mueller Report and The Impeachment Papers.
Ebook NewsBrowse the archives
- June 29, 2020
All of us at DPLA send a big thank you to everyone who attended our Community + Open Board Meeting on Friday, and a special thanks to Tracie Hall, John…
- New webinar: Collaborating for Literacy: Exploring Licensing Models that Work for Libraries, Creators, and ReadersJune 25, 2020
The DPLA community is invited to join us for a new webinar, Collaborating for Literacy: Exploring Licensing Models that Work for Libraries, Creators, and Readers, on Thursday, July 9th from…
- June 8, 2020
This month, we at DPLA were thrilled to welcome 11 new members to our Curation Corps of volunteer librarians/curators: