What is the Digital Library?
The Digital Library is LSE Library's repository of digital items and collections. These items and collections are made available online for anyone who might wish to make use of them for education, research or general interest.
The aims of the Digital Library are as follows:
To collect and make available digital material (both digitised and "born-digital") that furthers the collection strategy of LSE Library, and contributes to education and research at LSE and more widely.
To preserve that material for the future using state of the art preservation techniques and storage media.
To innovate in the way we present and make available our collections to enable new forms of scholarship and learning, and new methods of engagement with LSE Library's unique collections.
To share our collections and associated data as widely as possible, using (where appropriate) open licensing, to allow the re-use and re-purposing of these data and materials.
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What does the Digital Library contain?
The Digital Library contains digitised material from the Library's collections and also born-digital material that has been collected and preserved in digital formats. The Digital Library currently contains:
Exhibitions of material, designed to create a narrative around a particular theme or topic using LSE's rich archival holdings. Recent exhibitions have included:
Digitised images of various sorts, including:
Digitised newspapers such as the LSE Student Union newspaper, The Beaver.
What are the plans for the Digital Library’s future?
Over time we will continue to add material we have digitised, as well as extend the content types we collect to include:
Digitised maps, such as the Booth Maps, one of LSE Library’s flagship holdings.
Digitised statistical holdings, which we want to turn into openly available datasets for re-use by researchers.
Born-digital material, including:
Audio and video material.
Archived websites that fit LSE Library’s remit to collect material from across the social sciences.
How can I provide feedback or get help?
We want the Digital Library to be a service for teaching, learning and research both inside and outside of LSE. To that end, we encourage feedback about the service and suggestions for collections we might add - please get in touch with us via email.