Discover Mississippi history and culture from partners all across the state.


The Mississippi Digital Library is the collaborative digital library for the state of Mississippi. Our mission is to provide an online space to search and explore Mississippi’s rich abundance of cultural and historical resources held by institutions and repositories all across the state. Emphasizing collection building and discoverability, our goal is to help our partners build sustainable, high-quality digital collections and deliver those materials to the researchers. We are committed to providing free open access to these digital collections.

Made up of over 40 institutions, our partners include archives, historical societies, museums, public libraries, academic libraries and more. Partnership and searching the collections are always free!

See what Mississippi has to offer. Search the collections.


Explore our Partner Network


More than just collections.


The Mississippi Digital Library is dedicated to helping institutions digitize materials and provide access to the wealth of resources our partners have to offer. More than just materials, MDL is a network, connecting institutions with one another.




Content platform services

Maintaining content management systems can be time consuming and expensive. We offer free hosting for 24/7 public access to your digital collections.



Build skills to improve your digitization efforts

Whole project emphasis. From concept to creation, and everything in-between, learn how to independently preserve history for the future.



limited digitization assistance

We provide limited digitization assistance through programs such as the Cultural Heritage Digitization Award and grant funded projects. The MDL currently has a grant from the Knight Foundation to build collections about Mississippi history particularly focusing on Mississippi’s Knight communities. If you or an institution you know could benefit from digitization assistance, please contact us.



Best Practices

Our resources section is designed to help cultural heritage institutions digitize items for inclusion in the Mississippi Digital Library. From policies to metadata, workflows to rights statements, we’re here to help.

We are Mississippi.


Our partners represent the diverse and rich history of the state. These institutions own and maintain the original materials featured on our site. Due to the volume of collections, institutions often have more than what can be shown online.

Want to see more? Have an item to donate? Find and connect with a partner near you. 


MDL Team

The Mississippi Digital Library is governed by a director and an advisory board. Board members are from institutions across the state and rotate on a volunteer basis.

Special note: We could not provide free services without the support of others. Many thanks to our dedicated advisory board, invaluable partners, and knowledgeable volunteers for helping MDL build a solid foundation and a growing network.


Lisa Jones

Director, MDL

Lisa took on the role of MDL Director in 2011. She is committed to building vibrant, sustainable digital collections throughout the state. Under her direction, MDL has expanded to over 40 institutions and now includes museums, historical societies, and other types of cultural heritage institutions. Lisa also serves as the Head of Technology at USM.

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Elizabeth La Beaud

Assistant Director, MDL

Elizabeth served as interim MDL Coordinator in 2016, and officially joined MDL as Assistant Director in January 2018. She is the Digital Lab Manager at USM, holds a MLIS, a certificate in Archives and Special Collections, the Digital Archives Specialist Certificate from SAA, and is a Library of Congress trained Digital Preservation trainer.

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Jess Brown

Coordinator, MDL

Jess joined MDL in 2016. As Coordinator, she is passionate about digital archives and preservation, and is committed to creating and maintaining partner relations, managing collections, social media marketing and website design.

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Delta State University

  • Emily Irwin Jones

Mississippi Department of Archives and History

  • David Pilcher

Mississippi State University

  • Stephen Cunetto

University of Mississippi

  • Jennifer Ford

University of Southern Mississippi

  • Lisa Jones

  • Elizabeth La Beaud