CollectionBuilder is an open source tool for creating digital collection and exhibit websites that are driven by metadata and powered by modern static web technology.

a spreadsheet with metadata in rows

You do the Metadata.

Step 1: Describe your images, documents, and other media in a CSV spreadsheet

CollectionBuilder makes it work.

Step 2: Save your CSV into the repository and let CollectionBuilder build your digital collection from your metadata.

Visualizations include:

  • interactive (clustered) maps using leaflet
  • auto-generated timelines (including a timelinejs option)
  • search- and subject-based browsing
  • tag clouds for subjects, locations, or custom fields
  • #collectionsasdata-inspired open data features
  • and more!
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Templates to Build From

GitHub Pages

Build a digital collection totally online using GitHub and GitHub Pages for all configurations and object storage.

screenshot of CollectionBuilder-GH Starter Site
CollectionBuilder-GH Starter Site
built with GitHub Pages

Stand Alone

Build a Stand Alone, totally self-contained digital collection with search, vizualization and browsing features enabled.


Build a sustainable Stand Alone project on a highly customizable base using the newest version of CollectionBuilder.

screenshot of Idaho Queered
Idaho Queered
built with CSV


Build a Skin to put on top of your current digital asset management system. Currently offered for CONTENTdm. Can be modified for other systems and APIs.

Lib-STATIC logo

At it's heart, CollectionBuilder is a set of Jekyll projects or templates designed following the Lib-STATIC development methodology which aims to lower the barriers for development and deployment of digital collections, while upholding the unique values and perspectives of GLAM institutions.

CollectionBuilder prioritizes pragmatic, sustainable, and simplified approaches to infrastructure to ensure the tool is 'do-able' and approachable for digital knowledge workers in libraries and museums, empowering them to take control of their web systems. An experiment in 'minimal computing', CollectionBuilder provides a depth of learning opportunities and development possibilities, allowing users to take complete ownership over the project and make their work open to the world.