DP.LA is one of my favorite websites to use for genealogy research. An overstatement would be that is like a Google search for library databases. Since all libraries and other similar institutions do not participate, it does not have the breadth of content that a Google search into all library databases might have.
Yet, it is a good way to perform searches to find what library databases are online, without digging into every library website that is out there, one by one.
Here is some background information from the DP.LA website.
“Our Mission: The Digital Public Library of America empowers people to learn, grow, and contribute to a diverse and better-functioning society by maximizing access to our shared history, culture, and knowledge.
Our Strategy: The Digital Public Library of America amplifies the value of libraries and cultural organizations as Americans’ most trusted sources of shared knowledge. We do this by collaborating with partners to accelerate innovative tools and ideas that empower and equip libraries to make information more accessible.
We work with a national network of partners to:
- Make millions of materials from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions across the country available to all in a one-stop discovery experience.
- Provide a library-controlled marketplace and platform for libraries to purchase, organize, and deliver eBooks and other e-content to their patrons.
- Convene library leaders and practitioners to explore and advance technologies that serve, inform, and empower their communities.
- In addition, the site has a Browse by Topics area, Online Exhibitions, and the ability to download one of over 11,000 eBooks.”
There is a newsletter as well, and one for the Genealogy topic area, which could be helpful to any researcher.
To access the site, go to DP.LA
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