Staff members capture high resolution images of a wide variety of materials in print and film formats as well as three dimensional items. Most of our scanning happens in the Digital Production Center, a unit of the UNC-Chapel Hill University Libraries. Occasionally we also travel and scan materials on site at partner institutions. We work carefully with fragile and unique materials. For more information, see our Digitization Guidelines.

Additional information is available on:


All of the materials digitized by the Digital Heritage Center are described (given metadata) before being published online at We are happy to work with whatever level of metadata partners are able to provide; none is required.  

Hosting on

Materials scanned and described for our partners are added to We can also add items scanned and described by our partners. is hosted by the UNC-Chapel Hill University Libraries and maintained by library staff and staff of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.


If you have questions related to your own digital projects, we’re happy to consult. Here are a few things we might be able to help with:

  • Digitization best practices and workflows
  • Metadata creation and storage
  • Content management systems and migrations
  • Newspaper digitization
  • Vendor digitization
  • Applications for LSTA, NEH, or other grants that include a digitization component

If we don’t know the answer, we often know someone who does. Just contact us.


The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center serves as the North Carolina service hub for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

Updated September 2023