Digital Collections

July 20, 2018
color print of a crowd looking at prints in a shop window

The Library’s extensive collection of digital images has proved to be of immense use to scholars over the years. The old digital library, commonly referred to as the “LWL DL,” has been retired and is no longer accessible.  

screenshot of old DL home page with red X through it

We had not been able to load new images to the site since 2011, due to the age of the servers and security issues with the platform, so it has long been incomplete and obsolete, or inaccurate data could not be corrected. It was replaced in 2016 with a new site Digital Collections.  

screenshot of digital collections home page

The new site Digital Collections contains all the same content in addition to the thousands of new images that The Lewis Walpole Library has scanned since 2011, including all new acquisitions of graphic materials as well as hundreds of other printed materials and unique LWL manuscript holdings. The Library continues to add material regularly. Among the exciting features of the new Digital Collections site are more sophisticated search options, a variety of options to page virtually through complex objects ( e.g., browse through an extra-illustrated volume or bound manuscript), and the ability to search a single or multiple Yale repositories. Additional features are being developed.

For information on searching Digital Collections, go to the Finding Lewis Walpole Library Collection Material: DIGITAL COLLECTIONS Research Guide.