DPLA Exchange

The Only Library-Owned Content Marketplace

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DPLA Exchange (exchange.dp.la) is a library-owned and library-centered ebook marketplace. It provides a public option that helps libraries maximize access to ebooks for their patrons. DPLA Exchange offers an innovative, patron-centric alternative to commercial content distributors.

Diverse and Broad Collection: DPLA Exchange allows libraries to select from more than 450,000 titles, offering a broad selection beyond the bestsellers. Our growing inventory of diverse titles includes well over 100,000 non-English books, with more than 40,000 in Spanish. DPLA Exchange also offers more than 15,000 audiobooks, including popular new titles.  Over 6,000 free open access titles are available through DPLA’s Open Bookshelf, and our partnership with BiblioLabs offers libraries access to more than 16,000 simultaneous use titles

Agile Collection Development to Address Community Needs: DPLA can help you secure the content that reflects the unique demographics, interests, and the needs of the community you serve. Whether you need unique content by local authors, or a broad range of diverse or non-English titles, or you are serving those for whom accessible content is required, DPLA will help you source the collection you need. DPLA Exchange is designed with library values to enable equitable access to ebooks, and to assist libraries in reaching all readers.

Flexible Licensing Terms: DPLA is committed to offering libraries multiple and flexible licensing terms. Driven by the common mission of maximizing access to digital content, the goal of our ebooks work is to give libraries across the country greater control over their acquisition and delivery of content; make more diverse econtent easily available to libraries and their patrons; and to advocate for the needs of libraries in the econtent landscape.

Focused on Patron Privacy: DPLA Exchange protects patron privacy, helping libraries avoid exposing patron data to commercial vendors. No patron information is collected or stored by DPLA Exchange – it all remains on the library’s systems.

Seamless Integration: DPLA Exchange is designed to work seamlessly with the Library Simplified and SimplyE. This interoperable national econtent platform allows libraries to take back full control of their digital collections and maintain their library’s identity. Library Simplified, SimplyE, and DPLA Exchange provide a rich patron experience while protecting their privacy and data from commercial use. For libraries with multiple collections, it unifies the patron experience to a single interface using the free SimplyE ereading app for both iOS and Android devices.

DPLA Exchange Membership

The diverse group of DPLA Exchange member libraries began in 2017 with six pilot libraries: Alameda County Library (CA); Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (PA); Connecticut State Library (CT); Califa Library Group (CA, KS); St. Mary’s County Library (MD) and Yavapai Library Network (AZ). After a preliminary period working with these selected libraries, DPLA expanded DPLA Exchange membership to more institutions. Learn how your library can join us.

To follow the progress of the DPLA Exchange and related ebook projects, sign up for ebook announcements on our DPLA Ebooks news list or contact us at ebooks@dp.la.

DPLA’s ebook work is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.