Welcome to the Digital Latin Library's Catalog!

This site supports the DLL's mission of "facilitating the finding and, where openly available and accessible online, the reading of all texts written in Latin."

The DLL Catalog provides an organized, curated system for finding Latin texts available online. 

Currently, it contains authority records for nearly 3,000 authors and 5,000 works, with many more to come. It also contains individual item records for hundreds of texts available in a variety of formats through many different resources such as the Perseus Digital Library, the Packard Humanities Institute, DigilibLT, the HathiTrust Digital Library, and others.

The "Catalog Updates" section below records items added to the catalog. Check the list of current projects for more information.

Otherwise, use the search bar or click "Browse the Catalog" above to get started, or read more about this site and how to get the most out of it.

Catalog Updates

News about the DLL Catalog

Post date: May 12, 2024

Although other parts of the Digital Latin Library have been under active development for the past several years, development of this site has been frozen since the last update a few years ago. I haven’t updated this blog because there hasn’t been much to say. That is about to change, so I’m writing this post to let you know what’s been going on behind the scenes. I’ll write another post soon about what’s coming for this site.

Upgrading the DLL’s Server

The challenge of keeping up with the pace of technology is one of the factors contributing to the long pause in this site’s development. Maintaining the server that hosts the DLL’s site is a big part of that challenge.

The DLL’s sites were originally hosted on a virtual server supplied by the University of Oklahoma’s Vice President for Research. Part of the deal was that I would be responsible for maintaining the server. During the funding periods, I had some help with that from Alex Ward, a consultant to the DLL project. After the funding periods concluded, I kept the server going for as long as I could until its operating system (CentOS 6) became so out of date as to unreliable and potentially risky from an information security perspective. I was able to negotiate for a new virtual server in OU’s Research Cloud. The new server runs on the most recent version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux—a significant upgrade from CentOS 6! After I set up the new server, I moved the DLL’s sites there.

Reducing Technical Overhead

Like many websites built in the 2010’s, the DLL’s three sites were running on dynamic content management systems. Two were built with Drupal, a PHP-based CMS, and one was built with Django, which uses Python. Since content management systems depend on several technologies working together, they can require a lot of effort to maintain. I didn’t want to spend all of my research time on system administration and website maintenance, so I decided that it was time to re-evaluate the DLL’s information architecture.

I began with the DLL’s main site (... Read more

Over 500 Teubner Editions Added

Post date: November 25, 2018

We have added records for over 500 editions published by Teubner that are now in the public domain. All of the records point to items in the HathiTrust Digital Library.

New authority records added

Post date: October 10, 2018

We added 300 new authority records for authors and editors in connection with the work we're doing to catalog the Teubner volumes available in the HathiTrust Digital Library.