About

Northern Illinois University's Digital Library consists of unique digital collections that support the teaching and research mission of the University. This includes materials digitized from the NIU Libraries' collections, as well as collaborative projects with partners across the globe. Collections include Nickels and Dimes, the Southeast Asia Digital Library, Lincoln/Net, Mark Twain's Mississippi, and materials from Rare Books & Special Collections and the Regional History Center and University Archives.

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News & Updates

February 2017

We're proud to announce the Albert Johannsen Project, a collaboration between NIU and Villanova to digitize the Johannsen Collection of dime novels. This project is generously funded by a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant over the next three years. More info.

December 2016

Launched in December 2016, the NIUDL Gateway makes more than a dozen NIU digital collections available through a single interface. This site is a work-in-progress, so please let us know how we're doing.

November 2016

We've begun digitizing the Waverley Library, one of the earliest and longest-running dime novel series aimed specifically at women.