CONTENTdm® "quick start"

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What is CONTENTdm?

OCLC's CONTENTdm allows you to easily build and showcase your digital collections on your personalized website, making them more discoverable to people around the world. CONTENTdm also secures and monitors your digital originals in a cloud-based preservation archive so they remain safe for the future.

CONTENTdm “quick start” is included with your library’s FirstSearch/WorldCat Discovery, WorldShare Management Services or OCLC Cataloging subscription at no additional charge. With CONTENTdm “quick start,” your library will receive an OCLC-hosted CONTENTdm website with the ability to store and manage up to 100 items.

With CONTENTdm “quick start,” there’s no need to worry about managing servers or software, since it’s hosted at OCLC’s Data Centers around the world and completely supported by OCLC staff.

Please note: Quick start sites are only available in the Americas. If you have questions, please contact OCLC Support.

Getting started with CONTENTdm "quick start"

1. Activate your CONTENTdm instance.

Are you ready to start building your digital collections? You can get started with CONTENTdm "quick start" by completing and submitting the Activation Form.

Upon receiving your form, OCLC will send you a Welcome Letter and instructions within one week.

2. Attend a free CONTENTdm Basic Skills session.

To register, please visit the OCLC Training Portal and click on "CONTENTdm," which is listed under "Find training by product."  

  • CONTENTdm Basic Skills 1 - Getting started with CONTENTdm
  • CONTENTdm Basic Skills 2 - Working with text in CONTENTdm
  • CONTENTdm Basic Skills 3 - Maintaining collections in CONTENTdm




CONTENTdm demonstration [webinar recording, 53 minutes]


CONTENTdm flier [PDF]


CONTENTdm home page

Frequently asked questions about CONTENTdm "quick start" [PDF]