Access to the Digital Scriptorium database comes free of charge to all those who use its resources because we are committed to building awareness, knowledge, and enjoyment of pre-modern manuscripts at no cost to users. However, the technical support for digital resources does not come free. Thus, in 2011 Digital Scriptorium implemented membership dues, whereby Voting Members pay yearly fees to cover the ongoing costs of maintenance and growth.
Membership dues are calculated according to a weighted fee schedule that assigns scores for each institution based on these parameters:
1. Materials Budget 2. Student Body 3. Number of Manuscripts
For institutions without students, the Student Body score is by default set to the lowest score, which works in the institution’s favor. This system means that DS requires no annual fee from about 1/3 of our participating institutions, although institutions that do not pay dues are considered Associates (not Members) and do not have voting privileges.
100% of the total annual Membership fees are applied to the cost of hosting and managing the DS catalog and website. The expenses for meetings, including travel and lodging for the Board of Directors, are funded respectively by the member institutions of each board member. The DS investment fund and small annual operating budget depend wholly on voluntary contributions from donors. See our Investment Policy for the purpose, objectives, and spending guidelines for our investment fund.