40 Million Uses and Counting

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The UNT Libraries’ Digital Collections (The Portal to Texas History, the UNT Digital Library, and the Gateway to Oklahoma History) recently recorded a milestone of 40 million uses. Part of the Libraries’ unique collections, these resources give UNT faculty, staff, and students unprecedented access to some 1.2 million items and 18 million pages of content. These growing collections also reach researchers and lifelong learners around the world, 24/7.

  • The Portal to Texas History presents cultural heritage materials contributed by institutions, associations, and individuals across Texas. It also contains more than 3 million pages of historic Texas newspapers dating from 1829 to the present.
  • The UNT Digital Library is home to materials from the University’s research, creative, and scholarly activities, and also showcases content from UNT department and library holdings.
  • The Gateway to Oklahoma History is a service of the Oklahoma Historical Society. It provides access to historic Oklahoma newspapers and photographs.

Each site allows you to browse, search, and filter content. You can also search the three sites simultaneously from the Libraries’ Web page.

In these sites all interactions a user makes with any part of a digital item within a thirty minute window are grouped as one “use.” At the end of the day these uses are combined for each item to create the item’s total uses for the day. Ultimately we aggregate the item uses by collection, partner, and system level uses and make the data available on “statistics” pages throughout the three sites.