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Our Collaborative

"[A]n essential resource for any student of the American West" -Review of MWDL in College & Research Libraries News, December 2011
The Mountain West Digital Library is a collaborative of libraries, museums, and archives -- universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies. Starting in 2001 as a program of the Utah Academic Library Consortium, MWDL has been joined over the last decade by partners in other states in the West as well, including Utah, Nevada, Oregon, and Hawaii.

Our History


Discovery Portal
Provide a regional search portal for public access to the digital collections of the Mountain West for the benefit of MWDL partners, the scholarly community at large, and the general public

Digital Library Interoperability
Support interoperability of records and resources through the development of common digital library standards among Collections Partners whose digital collections are hosted by MWDL Member Repositories

Digital Public Library of America On-Ramp
Serve as the Service Hub to the DPLA for libraries, museums, and archives in the Mountain West

Public Library Partnerships Project
MWDL worked with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to provide digital skills training to public librarians and help a number of public libraries get digital collections online in 2015. Check out the new online exhibits that feature the new content! Also, see the new self-guided digitization curriculum we created along with other Service Hubs in the DPLA!


The Mountain West Digital Library was founded in 2001 as a program of the Utah Academic Library Consortium, as part of its goal to improve the availability and delivery of library and information services.

In July 2015, the MWDL started receiving dues support from Member Repositories (hosting hubs). These Repositories host the digital collections of their institutions as well as the collections of other Collections Partners.

In addition to dues support from Member Repositories, we gratefully acknowledge the additional ongoing and historical support of many organizations: