About MDL

Photo of Saint Paul Public Library

Entrance for Central Library of the Saint Paul Public Library, 1915. Image courtesy of Minnesota Reflections.

The Minnesota Digital Library (MDL)—professionals from libraries, archives, historical societies and museums across Minnesota—is creating a digital collection of the state's unique resources and special collections.

The Minnesota Digital Library supports education, scholarship and enrichment through Internet access to this collection. The MDL provides a server and database environment and imaging support that is the technical foundation for current and future digitization activities.

Minnesota Reflections is the initial digitization effort of the MDL. This digitization project, begun in 2004-05, now involves more than 155 participating historical societies, special archives, libraries and other organizations.

The MDL and participants have digitized more than 210,000 unique photographs and images, maps, journals, documents, letters and works of art, collected the information on these images, and created a searchable database to help people access and use them.

Administratively, the Minnesota Digital Library is overseen by Minitex.