January 22, 2022

Massachusetts: Boston Public Library Contributes Their 100,000th Item to “Digital Commonwealth” Digital Library

The entire Digital Commonwealth database currently provides access to more than 431,000 items.

From the BPL:

2016-05-25_13-16-48The Boston Public Library recently added its 100,000th digitized item to Digital Commonwealth, providing access to digital resources of cultural heritage organizations throughout Massachusetts. Collections in Digital Commonwealth.org include thousands of images, documents, and sound recordings from member institutions which are openly accessible to researchers, students, and the intellectually curious.


“Providing collections digitally is increasingly important as seeking information online is a natural behavior, especially for youth,” said Tom Blake, Boston Public Library’s Digital Projects Manager. “Our hope is that after experiencing the BPL on our website and through DigitalCommonwealth.org, people will come in to our physical locations to view items as well.”

In late 2015, Boston Public Library renewed its commitment with Digital Commonwealth to maintain and expand DigitalCommonwealth.org as part of its statewide responsibilities as Library for the Commonwealth.

Since 2010, the BPL has worked to digitize and preserve collections from more than 260 cultural institutions in 161 municipalities across Massachusetts, totaling 431,000 items in Digital Commonwealth.

Recent organizations the BPL worked with to bring items into Digital Commonwealth include the USS Constitution Museum, Topsfield Historical Society, UMASS Amherst, and the West Yarmouth and Weymouth Public Libraries

In addition to its role as a partner to Digital Commonwealth, Boston Public Library serves as Library for the Commonwealth for the entire state of Massachusetts. Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Massachusetts can have a Boston Public Library card.

Direct to Digital Commonwealth

See Also: New Collections Added to Digital Commonwealth, April 2015

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.