Rhode Island Hub: Digital Public Library of America

The Office of Library and Information Services, in partnership with the Brown University Libraries and Providence Public Library, is developing a Rhode Island hub for the Digital Public Library of America. The Digital Library of Rhode Island will be a collaborative effort of Rhode Island's libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and other cultural heritage organizations.


The vision of the Digital Library of Rhode Island (D-LORI) is to build a diverse, broad, and inclusive digital collection that documents the cultural heritage of Rhode Island’s past, present, and future.


The Digital Library of Rhode Island (D-LORI) brings together the collections of Rhode Island's cultural heritage institutions to foster learning, exploration, and understanding of the state's rich and complex history.

Collection Statement

The Digital Library of Rhode Island (D-LORI) actively seeks collections that represent the diverse experiences and perspectives of those who have made this geographic area their home or contributed to the rich tapestry of the area's history, culture, and current experience. The project strives to gather materials from across the area and throughout its history, with the goal of presenting a comprehensive and multi-dimensional collection from a variety of institutions that represent the many voices that have contributed to and shaped the current state of Rhode Island.

D-LORI will serve as the Rhode Island hub for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and will initially aggregate metadata from established institutional collections currently hosted online. D-LORI will strive to assemble an inaugural collection that is inclusive in its presentation of race and ethnicity, religion and belief, economic status, educational achievement, gender, and sexual orientation, and will seek out materials held by under-represented and under-resourced archives and organizations. The selection of materials will be conducted through a transparent and rigorous process, with consideration to presenting a balanced collection of materials that also meet the D-LORI's technical and metadata standards.

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