Useful now more than ever: the Digital Public Library

The Digital Public Library of America is a free, national digital library that provides a single point of access to cultural heritage materials from more than 4,000 libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Go to to search more than 37 million images, videos, texts, and sounds. 

EbooksFree Ebooks: You can search their catalog of more than 6,000 ebooks and download titles for free directly at

Educational Resources

Primary Source Sets: Their collection of free primary source sets covers a wide range of topics from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women to Negro League Baseball to Angel Island. All include a curated set of primary sources, lesson plans, discussion questions, and tips for primary source analysis. 

DPLA Search: Use their search to access more than 37 million images, texts, videos, and sounds from our 4,000+ partner institutions across the country. Their collection is useful for primary source research and analysis and research projects on almost any topic under the sun as well as creating things like scavenger hunts and games that put a little fun in e-learning.

Online Exhibitions: Their collection of online exhibitions can introduce students to more than two dozen topics ranging from the 1918 flu pandemic to Political Outsiders in US Presidential Elections to the building of the Transcontinental Railroad

For Genealogists

Family Research: They’ve heard from some budding genealogists who are using their extra time at home to dig into their family history. This family research guide is an introduction to using DPLA’s records in your search.