The Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) supports discovery and education through access to unique digital collections shared by cultural heritage organizations from across the state of Minnesota. Our contributors include libraries, historical societies, museums, and archives. The Minnesota Digital Library also provides education and training opportunities concerning digitization best practices, metadata for digital collections, and digital preservation.

Minnesota Reflections is the initial project of the MDL. Begun in 2003, Minnesota Reflections now includes digital content from 187 participating organizations from across the state. Together we have digitized more than 52,000 photographs, postcards, maps, documents, letters, and oral histories. These materials are available online in a free searchable database.


Representing digital resources from Minnesota's libraries and cultural heritage organizations; MDL reflects Minnesota's culture and history.


The Minnesota Digital Library (MDL), a service of Minitex, is funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution via the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS). Additional funding is provided by Minitex. MDL’s collaborative partners, including the University of Minnesota, also contribute substantial in-kind services.