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Digital Repository

Northeastern University Library's Digital Repository Service (DRS) is a digital archive for storing and sharing scholarly, administrative, and archival materials on behalf of the Northeastern community.

Why the DRS?

  • Preservation: The DRS offers secure storage of your scholarship, research, or records
  • Easy Access: The DRS enables you to post your work easily, and allows others to quickly find, use, and cite your work by using powerful search tools
  • Professional Exposure: The DRS showcases scholarship and other valuable materials to researchers, funding sources, and others

Who is the DRS for?

  • NU researchers who want to promote and preserve their research materials
  • NU administrators who need to preserve important university records
  • Anyone seeking information on the intellectual productivity of the Northeastern community or the history of the University
  • And others ...

What can be found in the DRS?

Anyone is welcome to use the DRS to discover publicly available content, like theses and dissertations or the University Archives and Special Collections Digital Collections. Members of the Northeastern community are encouraged to sign in to access additional content that is not available to the general public, like photographs from the University’s Communications Office or certain research materials.

How can I add my work to the DRS?

Members of the Northeastern community can deposit material in the DRS using a few methods:

  • Northeastern faculty and staff can sign in and start depositing right away
  • Members of the Northeastern community can contact DRS staff to get permission to start depositing on behalf of their department or research group
  • Library staff can process and deposit batches of more than 20 files on behalf of Northeastern faculty, staff, and students

Technology and Workflow

The DRS has powerful workflow management features. You may give all or some members of your community permission to submit, edit file descriptions, and/or publish files. Library staff are available to advise you on workflow arrangements that will work best for your community.


  • Self deposit: Faculty and staff may deposit their own material.
  • File and collection management: Owners of DRS material can edit metadata and update file access permissions.
  • Simple sign in: Members of the Northeastern community can sign in to the DRS using their myNEU username and password.
  • Support tools: Support documents include a User Guide and an FAQ. Training sessions are available upon request: Library-Repository-Team[@]
  • Saving: Materials may be saved to Sets or downloaded for future use.
  • Secure access: Sensitive or private files can be safely restricted to authorized users only.
  • Advanced tools: Advanced features include batch upload, file statistics, and access to the DRS API.
  • Open Access: In the spirit of Open Access, sharing research as widely as possible is highly encouraged, and access to most deposited Northeastern research materials is unrestricted.

Getting Help

Snell Library offers a variety of services to help users get started with the DRS, including consultations, trainings, workshops, and general guidance:

  • Visit the DRS subject guide LibGuide for stats and updates
  • Contact the Library's Repository Team to start a new project, ask questions about files or features, or get help with an issue by using the DRS question form or sending an email to Library-Repository-Team[@]
  • Consult the DRS User Guide for help uploading and managing files.
  • Contact the Digital Repository Manager to set up a training or a general consultation: sj.sweeney[@]

DRS and IRis

The DRS was launched by the University Library in 2014, though the library has been storing and sharing digital content since 2004.

On July 1, 2015 a majority of the content stored in IRis, our former institutional repository, was folded into the DRS. The remaining files have been removed from access while we review them to determine their suitability for permanent preservation. If you would like us to restore access to particular files or collections of files, please contact the Library's Repository Team: Library-Repository-Team[@]

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