Digital Scriptorium is a growing consortium of American libraries and museums committed to free online access to their collections of pre-modern manuscripts. Our website unites scattered resources from many institutions into a national digital platform for teaching and scholarly research. It serves to connect an international user community to multiple repositories by means of a digital union catalog with sample images and searchable metadata. Many DS records also link out to the websites of our contributors, where users can discover further information. If you already use DS we’d appreciate your feedback: our User Survey takes only 5-10 minutes to complete.
The DS consortium comprises a variety of institutions, from large research universities to small public libraries and private museums with collections of assorted size and significance, from a few single leaves to hundreds of bound volumes. Membership fees are determined by a sliding scale, and one-third of our participating institutions pay no fees at all. See under About DS for Participating Institutions, the Weighted Fee Schedule and information for Content Contributors. For further questions about how to join please contact Debra Cashion, President and Executive Director.