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Stanford Digital Repository (SDR)

Promote and protect your scholarship

The Stanford Digital Repository supports management of scholarly information resources of enduring value to Stanford University.

Faculty, students, and researchers use SDR services to preserve and make publicly available the products of their work. Scholars around the world use content in the SDR in their research.

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Choose how to get started


Are you a Stanford faculty, staff, or student and have one or just a few items to deposit? Use our self-service web application and you'll be done in a jiffy.

Start a project with us

Have more than a handful of items or specific needs? Contact us to discuss a larger project with library staff.

SDR Features

The benefits of this service distinguish the SDR from other content storage or management options on campus: deposited content is preserved in a robust, reliable, and secure environment for access by scholars today and for generations to come.

Persistent Access

Every deposit is accessible at a persistent URL (PURL) maintained by Stanford Libraries. Ideal for citations.

Secure, archival storage

Content of scholarly value requires more than standard file back-up. The SDR storage system is designed to protect against data corruption, loss, or inadvertent change.


Choose to get a DOI for your PURL. They are a powerful combination to make your work more discoverable and reliably accessible. Find out more about DOI services.

Usage metrics

Real-time tracking of how many times your SDR item has been viewed or downloaded always you to better understand the impact of your shared works.


SDR content with a DOI is tracked by Altmetric, which looks for online attention to the work in traditional and social media, blogs, and patents, policy documents, and more.


Choose to enter your ORCID iD along with your deposit to ensure your work is reliably attributed to you. ORCID iDs are displayed next to author and contributor names, and link directly to their ORCID records. 

ORCID updates

Include ORCID iDs for Stanford authors and we'll automatically push the work to their ORCID records when authors have given us permission to do so.

License selection

Choose from a variety of options, and let those who access your work know how they can use it.

Access controls

For those cases when open access to the public is not suitable, access to your work can be restricted to Stanford users.

Any file type

There are no restrictions on the format or type of file that can be deposited to the SDR.

SearchWorks catalog

Your work is discoverable in the library catalog, where it is picked up by search engines like Google for users around the globe.

Embeddable viewer

The SDR content viewer is easily embeddable, giving you the flexibility to feature and present your SDR deposit in other web pages.

Additional features of self-deposit

Unlimited self-deposits at no charge

Fees may apply for large volumes or bulk deposits.



Delay the release of your deposit for any time up to 3 years from the date of deposit.

Easy transfer with Globus

Easily transfer large files on Oak, Sherlock, or Stanford's Google Drive to the SDR using Globus.


Make any changes to your work after deposit by opening a new version. The most recent version will be available to users online; previous versions may be accessed upon request.

PURL and DOI reservation

Get the links first so you can include them in a submitted manuscript, then complete the deposit when you are ready.

Review workflow

When it is important to manually check and approve works submitted by others before they are fully deposited into your repository collection, use the review workflow.

Custom use statement

When a standard license or use statement doesn't meet your needs, a custom use statement can be included with your deposit.


Create a dedicated repository collection where you can add and manage multiple deposits; invite Stanford collaborators to contribute their work too. Option to configure settings for licenses, embargos, DOIs, and access restrictions in the collection. 

Explore the SDR

Search the SDR

Content in the SDR can be found via the libraries' catalog SearchWorks.

Digital collections

Archives, faculty papers, artworks, historic maps, oral histories, medieval manuscripts -- and so much more! -- in the SDR.

Keep up with the SDR

Our newsletter is pithy -- a quick read 3x per year -- with the latest on open access, open data, student works, and SDR's ongoing development. 

Web Accessibility

Stanford University is committed to providing an online environment that is accessible to everyone, including individuals with disabilities. 

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