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DRS: Digital Repository Service

The DRS is a digital archive that collects, manages, preserves, and shares the scholarly, administrative, and archival materials created or acquired by the Northeastern University community.


Why the DRS?

  • Preservation: Offers secure storage of your scholarship, research, or records
  • Easy Access: 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: 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?

  • Research and technical papers
  • Preprints
  • Conference presentations
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Journals and books
  • Oral histories
  • Video and audio recordings of speeches and events
  • Photographs of NU events, buildings, people
  • Digitized photographs, documents, and art prints
  • Key University documents
  • And more...

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.

DRS and IRis

The DRS was launched by the University Libraries 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 Library-Repository-Team [at]