Libraries, historical societies, museums, and related cultural heritage institutions in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania contain cultural heritage historical collections of great depth and richness. The mission of PA Digital is to make the digital collections of the Commonwealth’s cultural heritage institutions widely discoverable.
PA Digital was announced as a Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Service Hub in August 2015 and our collections went live in the DPLA in April 2016. Participating in the DPLA enhances discovery of and access to Pennsylvania cultural heritage content, thus broadening its use and impact worldwide. As technologies and partnerships develop, the PA Digital Partnership will continue to expand the ways in which the unique cultural heritage collections of Pennsylvania are made available to the widest audience. The PA Digital Partnership exists under the auspices of the State Library of Pennsylvania, Temple University, the Pennsylvania State University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Other partners include the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI), Hosting Solutions and Library Consulting (HSLC), the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL), as well as a variety of contributing institutions from across the state.