Discover the riches inside America’s libraries, museums & more digitally from home

The Oak Park Public Library is a member of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a fantastic resource that connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions.

All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.

The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions.

For everyone

Check out the free SimplyE app, available for iOS and Android. Access more than 5,000 ebook titles—from the classics to contemporary fantasy and sci-fi–all for free—by choosing DPLA as your library and tapping on the DPLA Collection. No sign in or library card required.

For teachers

Primary Source Sets: This collection of free primary source sets cover a wide range of topics from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women to Negro League Baseball to Angel Island. All include a curated set of primary sources, lesson plans, discussion questions, and tips for primary source analysis. 

DPLA Search: Use the search to access more than 36 million images, texts, videos, and sounds from 4,000+ partner institutions across the country. The collection is useful for primary source research and analysis and research projects on almost any topic under the sun as well creating things like scavenger hunts and games for putting a little fun in e-learning.

Open Ebooks: This program provides thousands of free ebooks to Title 1 schools. Readers can immediately download some of the most popular works of the past and present, with no costs, no holds, and no late fees.

For students

Online Exhibitions: Our collection of online exhibitions can introduce students to more than two dozen topics ranging from the 1918 flu pandemic to Political Outsiders in US Presidential Elections to the building of the Transcontinental Railroad

National History Day: Are you researching a project for National History Day? Find out more about how DPLA resources around this year’s theme, Breaking Barriers in History, can help.

For genealogists

Family Research: We’ve heard from some budding genealogists who are using their extra time at home to dig into their family history. This family research guide is an introduction to how to use DPLA’s records in your search. Note: you can also use NewspaperArchive for family and house research.

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