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Digital Public Library of America: MWDL + DPLA

A guide to conducting research and using the resources of the Digital Public Library of America


The Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL) is a service hub for DPLA. A service hub is a state or regional digital portal that collects and makes available digital resources from a variety of organizations including museums, archives, and other libraries. The Mountain West Digital Library, which is supported by Marriott Library and has its offices on the 5th floor of Marriott, makes available items from many institutions in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah.

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Mountain West Digital Library: A Rich Source for Research

The Mountain West Digital Library is a portal to digital resources from universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and Hawaii.  MWDL features over 800,000 items which are housed in 580 collections throughout the Mountain West.  We are the collaborative effort of 103 academic libraries, public libraries, museums, historical societies, and state agencies and we distribute items from 20 digital repositories.  Our collections span all areas of research and study including history, genealogy, political science, environmental studies, and medicine.  Some of our resources include:

  • Photographs
  • Maps
  • Artworks
  • Videos and Animations
  • Oral Histories and Sounds of the West
  • Pioneer Diaries
  • Finding Aids in EAD Format
  • Books, Theses, Dissertations, and other Scholarly Publications
  • Teaching Presentations and Posters
  • Vital Records
  • Government Reports, Bills, Ordinances, and Meeting Minutes

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