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Digital Services

Digital Services is one of the primary caretakers responsible for the transformation of the Library's rare and unique materials to digital formats. Using specialized equipment to properly handle these materials, we digitize such varied objects as rare books, manuscripts, maps, and other artifactual objects. Digital Service's primary mission is to convert these rare materials to digital formats that the U.Va. community can use to support their research and instructional needs. Our secondary mission is to use these digital surrogates as a means to highlight and promote the library's rare materials in such a way that more users can gain access and discover them.


Digital Collections Services

Digital Collections Services coordinates, curates, and sustains digital library activities, drawing on the skills and expertise of individuals throughout the library as appropriate, to vet, prioritize, and prepare digital materials for the Library Managed Content (LMC) collections.


  • Content Knowledge & Outreach
    • Provides a prioritization framework for current and future content intended for the LMC collection.
    • Provides a contact and coordination point for subject librarians for selections made for the LMC collection.
    • Provides technical training and documentation of library systems tools and processes.
  • Collection Support & Processing
    • Pilots new and legacy LMC collections through the appropriate workflows and ingestion processes.
    • Researches provenance of digital materials and republication requests
    • Hosts and supports selected U.Va. academic publishing activities
  • Metadata Coordination
    • Works with colleagues across the library to implement best practices for administrative, structural, and descriptive metadata requirements for LMC.
  • Preservation Partner
    • Works with Preservation Services to ensure the LMC collections are created and maintained in a sustainable way.

Repository Services


  • Design, implementation, and support for the services needed to manage, discover and deliver the Library's digital collections

Please see our contacts page to reach the appropriate staff.

News & Events ...

  • The Scholarly Resources unit has changed its name to Digital Curation Services so we will be better positioned to engage with national conversations on related topics.

Where to go ...

Requests for Digital Curation Services services may be placed at these locations:

Forms and Guides

  • For curriculum support, download the Digitization Services for Faculty (DS4F) form and instructions.
  • For Special Collections materials, use our online Request Form.
  • For additional information regarding UVa Library's current standards for digitized materials, please refer to our Digitization Guidelines.
  • Or contact us via email.

  • University of Virginia Library
    PO Box 400113, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4113
    ph: (434) 924-3021, fax: (434) 924-1431, library@virginia.edu

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