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Scalar: Get Scalar

Guide to using Scalar at Penn

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Beyond Scalar!

Not sure if Scalar will work for your project? Consider Omeka, a web publishing platform designed for building digital exhibits. Learn more here.

Getting Started

Get a Free, Library-Hosted Instance

To get a free, library-hosted instance of Scalar, click the button below or email our Scalar Team to set up an initial consultation. During this consultation you will be asked to provide the following:

  1. Name for your Scalar Website
  2. Web URL (all sites are located at, you may select a site slug, ie[yoursiteslug]) - you will only receive one free URL, if you wish to change the URL, you must purchase your own domain name.
  3. Your desired user name
  4. You may select to track your site usage with Matomo. To learn more about this free library service, visit the Using Scalar tab.
  5. You may choose to showcase your site on the Library Digital Projects Page when you are ready to publish your site.
  6. How should we preserve your site when you are ready to retire it? You may choose 1) creation of a zipped static version of the site, 2) extraction of all site data, 3) renewal of the site agreement if both parties are amenable, or 4) no preservation.

What you get with our hosted instances:

  • Free Scalar site
  • Unlimited Scalar books
  • Up to 5 GB of file upload (you may request additional space)
  • One free url (if you choose to purchase your own domain, we can help with set up after the purchase!)
  • (optional) Matomo site analytics
  • Introductory Training Session & additional support at DH Office Hours (see Get Help tab)

Free, Limited Hosting through Scalar

To get started:

  1. Visit
  2. Complete the registration form

What you get:

  • One externally hosted Scalar site
  • Limited file upload

**Please note: the library provides limited troubleshooting for this service**

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