In addition to its print and physical materials, the Emory Libraries holdings also include numerous digital collections and millions of unique digital assets. The Emory Digital Collections repository, launched in 2020, is the central discovery point for these resources. The repository is already providing access to tens of thousands of items from multiple campus libraries, and new digital content is being loaded on an ongoing basis. Emory Digital Collections currently provides access to digitized and digital material such as photographs, books, maps, historic artifacts, musical scores, and manuscripts. The site will also expand its scope to provide access to audio, video, and other types of material from across the Emory Libraries.
Users familiar with searching library resources in the catalog will find many of the same advanced search features and rich descriptions of material within the Emory Digital Collections site, while also gaining direct access to the content within the application’s interface and an enhanced browsing experience. Using an open-source plugin called the Universal Viewer, users can pan and zoom in on content as well as downloading, sharing and embedding content via HTML snippets and IIIF links. Collections and digital objects in the repository all have persistent URLs for durable linking and sharing.