About Us

The Tufts Digital Library is the result of a collaboration between Digital Collections and Archives (DCA) and Tufts Technology Services Educational and Scholarly Technology Services (ESTS). TDL collections support teaching and research at Tufts University and feature digital resources created by members of the Tufts community of enduring value. Not all materials in the TDL are made available to the public. While many resources in the TDL are part of the DCA’s permanent collections, some are stored under the terms of our long-term storage services.


DCA and ESTS, using the Tufts Digital Library, provide services for the preservation of and access to digital assets created in support of Tufts'; teaching and research mission. Core services include:

  • Secure long-term storage
  • Management of digital assets
  • Preservation policies and procedures
  • Discovery and retrieval

Additional services are available, including:

  • Development of access tools and interfaces
  • Consultation on digital asset creation

History and Management

Since 2003, DCA and ESTS have collaborated on the implementation of the Tufts Digital Library, a digital preservation system based on the Fedora Commons Repository architecture. The Tufts Digital Library is a centrally-managed preservation and access system for digital content of enduring value created at Tufts and/or by members of the Tufts community, its affiliates, and allied organizations. The TDL’s backend architecture is built around Fedora Commons Repository, an open-source digital repository management system. Services include long-term and archival storage of digital objects, as well as public access where appropriate.

Collection policies and criteria for deposit are set by the DCA. Management of the system’s software, hardware, and applications is shared between the DCA and ESTS. As stewards of the TDL, DCA provides services and support to faculty, staff, students, and associated institutions who use the TDL's materials or create and contribute content.


The TDL is built entirely on FLOSS (Free, Libre, and Open Source Software). The underlying data storage is managed with the Fedora Commons Repository. Our user interface is developed using Blacklight and Hydra, with indexing powered by Solr.