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Omeka: A User's Guide

This is a University of Illinois Library introductory guide to Omeka, the software for creating online multi-media exhibits.

About Omeka


Omeka is a software tool that enables you to create dynamic online exhibits that showcase collections of digital images, text, and other multi-media formats in one seamless site. Omeka was developed by the Roy Rozenweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

There are two versions of Omeka:  If you run an independent website on your own server, you can set up a full installation of Omeka on your website and the software is available to download at

But if you're new to Omeka, we recommend that you use Here, you can build an Omeka website hosted for free on the servers. The free account does have fewer functionalities than a full installation or subscription, but it provides you with enough tools to test the Omeka waters. This guide will show you how to build an Omeka website at and create an online exhibit to display your work and scholarship. 

If you are a student, faculty member, or staff member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, you can contact the University Library with your questions:  contact Harriett Green, Scholarly Communication and Publishing Librarian, at green19[at] or the Scholarly Communication and Publishing unit staff at .

Resources for Using Omeka

Please, Ask Us for Help!

If you are an affiliate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and are having trouble using Omeka or other digital publishing resources, you can contact the University of Illinois Library Scholarly Communication and Publishing unit for help.

For more information, visit the Scholarly Communication and Publishing website or email us at .

Example Omeka Exhibit