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WHAT Is The NSU Digital Library?

The NSU Digital Library is the home of the collected scholarship and creative works of Northeastern State University faculty, staff, students, and area community members. These open collections, organized and made accessible by the NSU Libraries, demonstrate the University's commitment to the idea that shared information and academic collaboration are essential to the "progress of knowledge" in our global community.


Through the Digital Library, NSU Libraries seeks to 

  • Diversify scholarly and creative canons through inclusive and equitable practices

  • Enrich scholarship through the digital preservation of and open access to the University’s scholarly output and creative works

  • Further teaching and learning opportunities by facilitating the publication of open educational resources (OERs)

  • Foster understanding of the opportunities, rights, and responsibilities related to online publishing

  • Increase awareness of the University’s scholarly and creative activities and those of its partners

WHO Can Sign In And What Can They Do?

All NSU community members with valid email accounts may register as institutional users of the NSU Digital Library. Registration will allow access to content that is restricted to institutional users only, and will permit users to submit content for inclusion in the repository.


Individuals without a valid NSU email account may not register as users, and are not able to directly submit content to the repository. A co-creator/owner of content with a valid NSU email account must submit content on their behalf.

WHY Deposit Work In The Digital Library?


Works in the repository are discoverable by major search engines which increases the visibility of your work. Content creators who opt to share their work through the NSU Digital Library can log into their accounts and view how often their work has been downloaded.

Systemic Equity. 

Making your research freely available to anyone with internet access reduces financial barriers to information. This is particularly true with previously published scholarship often locked behind a paywall, rental or subscription fee. Moreover, legal deposits of previously published work to open access repositories like the Digital Library help bypass some of the legal and political mechanisms that favor corporations at the expense of scholars.

WHAT Does The Digital Library Collect?

Any type of file can be made accessible through the repository: documents, audio files, video files, data sets, presentation slides, research posters, software code, etc.


Currently, the Digital Library has theses, dissertations, commencement programs, yearbooks, newspapers, videos, and photographs.

WHAT Does The Digital Library Not Collect?

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Materials not relevant to the missions, visions, and values of NSU Libraries and the University

  • Materials not otherwise relevant to curricula of NSU or the learning needs of the NSU community

HOW Can The Materials Be Accessed?

The NSU Digital Library is intended as a resource for open access research. Materials will, in general, be made available to the public freely and without barrier. Some content may have limited access due to an embargo period, copyright or licensing, or other issues. Embargo periods are determined by the depositor based on their rights to the work.


The following restrictions and embargoes are allowed:

  • Access may be restricted to members of the NSU community by e-mail address.

  • Access to the full text may be temporarily blocked (to any user) for an embargo period normally not to exceed 2 years.

  • After the embargo period, the content will be openly accessible.


For complete information on the NSU Digital Library's policies, see our LibGuide.