In addition to our core work bringing new collections and partners into DPLA, building our technology, and engaging audiences through curation, education, and community building, we also manage projects that further our mission in new and exciting ways.

Advancing Ebooks

As part of its core mission of maximizing access to our shared culture, DPLA is working to expand the discoverability, accessibility, and availability of ebooks for the general public. Thanks to grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, DPLA has been able to grow its role in the library ebook ecosystem. Read more about our efforts to advance Ebooks.

Educational Uses

The Digital Public Library of America has received grants from the Whiting Foundation and the Teagle Foundation to explore educational possibilities for its growing collection, and implement projects that engage educators in the development of Primary Source Sets.  Read more about Educational Uses projects.

Getting it Right on Rights

The DPLA’s “Getting it Right on Rights” project, funded by a Knight News Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, created a simplified and more coherent rights structure for content collections from libraries, museums, archives and other sources, along with best practices that institutions can use to safely make more content available to the public. Read more about the Getting it Right on Rights project.


Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Digital Public Library of America, Stanford University and DuraSpace partnered to extend the existing Hydra project codebase and its vibrant and growing community to build, bundle, and promote a feature-rich, robust, flexible digital repository that is easy to install, configure, and maintain – “Hydra-in-a-Box.”  Read more about the Hydra-in-a-Box project.

News on the Margins

DPLA was awarded funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to investigate the current state of newspaper digitization in the U.S. and research the potential integration of newspaper content into the DPLA platform. This project focused in particular on newspapers and periodicals authored by and for marginalized communities. Read more about News on the Margins.

Public Library Partnerships Project

The Digital Public Library of America’s Public Library Partnerships Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, worked with existing DPLA Service Hubs to provide digital skills training for public librarians and connect them sustainably with state and regional resources for digitizing, describing, and exhibiting their cultural heritage content. Read more about the Public Library Partnerships Project.