Digital content repositories are managed by expert digital archivists, using curation techniques and technologies to keep stuff open, accessible, and safe for the long term. University of Minnesota repositories listed here

  • are free for anyone to use (open access downloads of all content)
  • provide stable, long-term access and preservation
  • facilitate citations using persistent URLs
  • accept new deposits from U of M affiliates (contact us to get started!)

Articles and Scholarly Works: University Digital Conservancy (UDC)

The UDC provides free public access and long-term preservation for work created at the University of Minnesota. The UDC is the U’s official institutional repository, where

  • faculty members can deposit copies of their scholarly work for open access
  • students can showcase select works, such as dissertations and honors theses
  • departments can provide searchable access to their records and publications

Books and Journals: UMN Libraries Publishing

The Libraries Publishing Services provide consultations about general publishing questions, as well as publish content under its own imprint:

  • open access journals
  • OA long form publishing (e.g., books)
  • open education resources (OER, e.g., e-textbooks)
  • OA conference proceedings
  • OA interactive scholarly sites

Datasets: Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM)

DRUM provides public access to digital research data generated by the U's researchers. Datasets are curated and managed for long-term archiving, so anyone can search and download the data. Learn more about depositing to the Data Repository and other services to manage your data.

Images and Video: UMedia Archive

Browse and search digital images, manuscripts, maps, video, audio, and more. The UMedia Archive provides access to digitized materials from across the U, in particular the University Libraries’ extensive Archives and Special Collections.

WebSites: UMN Internet ArchiveIT

The University Digital Conservancy archives the U’s websites on a selective basis. View the collection at For more information, contact the UDC support team.

Make your work open

U of M affiliates can deposit their work in one of the U of M's open access archives. Contact us with questions.