The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. The dLOC partner institutions are the core of dLOC. dLOC partners retain all rights to their materials and provide access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections. (Information on how to become a dLOC partner).

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dLOC also supports collaborative project development and funding initiatives for partners, including the Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative and a collaborative funding model with institutional members and personal member to contribute funding. These activities complement the work by the dLOC partners, who contribute content, and time and expertise in shared governance.


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NEWS (September 2017)

Hurricane Irma Caribbean Recovery, Relief, and Rebuild Initiative

September 15th, 2017 as of 3:00pm

Please help us support our Caribbean community.  We are working to help our Caribbean community recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma. We have been using every means necessary to communicate and relay information quickly with those affected in the Caribbean as well as those willing to contribute and extend their support.

As of this moment we have received urgent needs lists from Sint Maarten Philipsburg Jubilee Library and from the National Library of Antigua and Barbuda. 

The American Library Association (ALA) is partnering with us to help expedite relief efforts. More information and details are forthcoming.

We will be creating a centralized resource to help keep track of information and resources as they become available. We will also be using our social media accounts to quickly distribute communications since Facebook and WhatsApp have been working in the affected Caribbean region.

Our Official handle for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is: @dLOCaribbean

If you would like to help or provide support please contact me via phone to (305) 348-3008 or email at

Thank you,

Miguel Asencio, Executive Director 


dLOC Webinar: Introducción a la Biblioteca Digital del Caribe

20 de junio de 2017, 11am (costa este):

Este seminario en línea va a centrarse en las diferentes posibilidades que ofrece dLOC, como por ejemplo varias funciones de búsqueda y tipos de documentos que alberga. Al final del mismo se atenderán las preguntas que surjan.

Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age Webinar Series

Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age is a webinar series showcasing digital and/as public research and teaching in Caribbean Studies. The series provides a collaborative space for professionals to share on projects and experiences to foster communication and support our shared constellations of communities of practice. We are currently planning new webinars for 2017-2018. More about upcoming webinars in the series will be posted her in August/September 2017.

Click here to participate in the online event:

See the archived videos of the webinars: 

The crowd helps unlocking historical maps of the Caribbean

Leiden University Libraries (UBL) has started the project Maps in the Crowd. Nearly 1,100 digitized maps of the Caribbean will be unlocked with help from visitors, students and others who are interested. The project started on the 20th of March and will continue until May 2017. With participation of the public we hope to improve the accessibility of digital map data for teaching and research.  

A special application has been developed to help the participants connect the digitalized historical maps, through the process of georeferencing, to a modern topographical map in Google Maps. It is quite straightforward: the historical map and its modern counterpart can be connected by designating five or more corresponding control points. The georeferenced map will then be shown as an overlay in Google Maps. Everyone who is interested is welcome to join our project. More information is available on the blog Maps in the Crowd.

The Caribbean Maps
The collection of Caribbean maps consist of printed and hand-drawn maps (some of them in more sheets) and some atlases from the sixteenth to twentieth century of Central America and the Caribbean in general and the Netherlands Antilles in particular. The larger part of this collection is part of the bequest of the nineteenth century map collector Johannes Tiberius Bodel Nijenhuis (1797-1872), complemented with maps from the collections of the Royal Institute for Southeast-Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT).


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