Because DSpaceDirect is a hosted DSpace open source repository, it can solve various access, management, and preservation challenges. With over 1,500 organizations currently using the DSpace open source software locally in a production or project environment, you will join a vibrant community addressing many issues pertaining to digital content.

The most common use of the DSpace open source software is by academic and research libraries as an open access repository for managing their faculty and student output. There are also many organizations using the software to host and manage subject-based, dataset, or media-based repositories. The list below provides the most popular major use case categories and a link to an example of each.

Please note that this list below is comprised of locally installed versions of DSpace open source software which are not DSpaceDirect accounts. They may be highly customized, but serve to illustrate the various ways in which you could use your DSpaceDirect account to manage, preserve, and provide access to a wide array of digital content and collections.


Use your DSpaceDirect account as a repository for staff, faculty, and/or student papers, research, articles, and publications at your institution.

Deep Blue is the University of Michigan‘s permanent, safe, and accessible service for representing their rich intellectual community.


DSpaceDirect can also serve as a repository for digitized images of art or historical items to facilitate the use of the materials and preserve a record of the original items.

Rice University’s Travelers in the Middle East Archive, TIMEA, is a digital archive that focuses on Western interactions with the Middle East, particularly travels to Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


With your DSpaceDirect account you can also create a repository for storing and providing open access to your valuable audio and video collections.

Georgia Tech’SMARTech, or Scholarly Materials And Research @ Georgia Tech, is a repository for capturing and collecting the intellectual output of the Institute creating a cohesive, useful, and sustainable repository available to Georgia Tech and the world to support its teaching and research missions.


With DSpaceDirect, you can also preserve documents, publications, images, and other items your institution is responsible for stewarding as well as provide access to your relevant community and beyond.

New York University’s Afghanistan Digital Library retrieves and restores materials published in Afghanistan that are in danger of disappearing. The goal is to collect, catalog, digitize, and provide access to as many publications as possible to reconstruct an essential part of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage.


DSpaceDirect can also be used as a repository for preserving and distributing legal documents and records.

Policy Archive is a comprehensive digital library of public policy research containing over 24,000 documents. It is a digital archive of global, non-partisan public policy research that makes use of the Internet technology to collect and disseminate summaries and full texts, videos, reports, briefs, and multimedia material of think tank, university, government, and foundation-funded policy research. 


If you are responsible for digital content that pertains to a specific subject area, you can use DSpaceDirect as a repository focused on that specific topic, including providing access to various types of subject specific content formats.

The Belgian Poison Centre created a repository to store information on the composition and toxicity of various products, medicines, plants, animals, and fungi.


You can also use DSpaceDirect for storing, managing, and facilitating the exchange of learning objects.

Ontario Council of University Libraries Cooperative Online Repository for Information Literacy (CORIL) is an initiative to support information literacy instruction among Canadian universities.


DSpaceDirect can be used to store a collection of unique instances copied / networked to a central location, such as in consortial or other federated organizational structures.

The Texas Digital Library is a multi-university consortium dedicated to providing the digital infrastructure to support a fully online scholarly community for institutions of higher education in Texas.


Join the ever-growing community of DSpace users! You can view the full list of known DSpace installations here.