The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) is a public liberal arts-based Masters II university, a Historically Black College and University, and a Land-Grant institution in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), chartered on March 16, 1962, as the College of the Virgin Islands by Act No. 862 of the Fourth Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 1986, the College of the Virgin Islands was renamed the University of the Virgin Islands to reflect the growth and diversification of its academic curricula, community and regional services, and research programs. That same year, the United States Congress named UVI one of America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU); therefore, it holds the distinction of being the only HBCU outside of the continental United States.
On July 17 2004, the University of the Virgin Islands Library became one of the ten founding partners that officially established the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) at a Planning Committee at a meeting held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Materials are drawn from the Universities libraries' collections and include items that enhance access to sources of information on Virgin Islands' history and culture for scholars, students, historians, and researchers in the territory and abroad. Collections include Funeral Booklets developed for memorial services detailing life and family history of the deceased; photographs documenting events in political and social life of Virgin Islanders; Research Reports from the University of the Virgin Islands, commentaries written by local ecologist Olasee Davis to highlighting environmental, historical, and cultural issues, University research reports and papers and the Project Introspection materials - developed by the Virgin Islands' Department of Education to document and explain history and customs. A National Leadership digitization grant was awarded in 2000 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) partnering with the Virgin Islands Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums (DLAM). Today, UVI's contributions to dLOC include over 1300 items, all sources of information on Virgin Islands' history and culture.