About Us

"[A]n essential resource for any student of the American West."
- Review of MWDL in College & Research Libraries News, December 2011

Our Collaborative

The Mountain West Digital Library is a collaborative of libraries, museums, and archives -- universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies. Starting in 2001 as a program of the Utah Academic Library Consortium, MWDL has been joined over the last decade by partners in other states in the West as well, including Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming, and Hawaii.


  • Discovery Portal: Provide a regional search portal for public access to the digital collections of the Mountain West for the benefit of MWDL partners, the scholarly community at large, and the general public
  • Digital Library Interoperability: Support interoperability of records and resources through the development of common digital library standards among Collections Partners whose digital collections are hosted by MWDL Member Repositories
  • Digital Public Library of American On-Ramp: Serve as the Service Hub to the DPLA for libraries, museums, and archives in the Mountain West


The Mountain West Digital Library was founded in 2001 as a program of the Utah Academic Library Consortium, as part of its goal to improve the availability and delivery of library and information services.

In July 2015, the MWDL started receiving dues support from Member Repositories (hosting hubs). These Repositories host the digital collections of their institutions as well as the collections of other Collections Partners.

In addition to dues support from Member Repositories, we gratefully acknowledge the additional ongoing and historical support of many organizations:


Member Repositories

Please see the "Member Repositories" page of this site for a list of the organizations that pay dues to the Mountain West Digital Library to sustain its services.

Collections Partners

See the "Partners" page for a list of all the libraries, museums, and archives that share their digital collections with the Mountain West Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America.

Digital Collections

See the "Collections" list of the hundreds of digital collections that are available for search in the Mountain West Digital Library.

MWDL Governing Board

Information about the Mountain West Digital Library Governing Board

Policies and Guidelines

See the "Policies and Guidelines" page for a clickable list of policies and guidelines that have been created or adopted by MWDL partners.

Get Involved

See the "Get Involved" page about how you can benefit from and contribute to the Mountain West Digital Library!