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Please note: University of California, Berkeley will no longer serve as the technical host for DS after June 30, 2022. The database of records and images will no longer be accessible after June 30. The DS website will exist for informational purposes only until DS 2.0, powered by Wikibase, can be linked to the website in Fall 2022. The website may be down at certain times during the transition period.

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 about these collections.

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 Lynn Ransom, President and Executive Director. Interested in receiving news and updates from Digital Scriptorium? Sign up here for our email list. DS is a 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit corporation. We are very grateful for the support of our colleagues and friends, and depend on donations for our operational expenses. Use our PayPal button below if you would like to donate to DS.



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