I also found another similar one.

Here's the background:

At Leiden University, The Netherlands, we wanted to hide some collections and communities from the Communities and Collections page. This is because we have a special community for all our harvest collections (that include a subset of items from our normal collections), but we did not want to show them to the normal user.

Also, we have a community for a special group within our University, and we wanted to be able to show this community only to people working at this special group.

On Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 12:06 PM, Peter Dietz <dietz.72@osu.edu> wrote:

I'm wondering if the extension / add-on "Masking" http://wiki.dspace.org/index.php/User:Emetsger:15xFeatureBranches might be somewhat in the direction of what you're needing.


  • Prevents items, collections, or communities from being viewed, downloaded, or otherwise discovered (e.g excluded from RSS feeds, OAI-PMH, search indexes)
  • Only administrators can view and manage masked items.

On Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 5:40 AM, Fabien COMBERNOUS <fcombernous@kezia.com> wrote:
Jamil Haddad wrote:
> Hello,
> I would like to know if it's possible to create private communities and
> collections in DSpace. I need to create communities and collections that
> must only be displayed to and accessible by authorized users.

I don't think so.
And i created a bug about this :


If you need this kind of possibility, vote about it.

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Ohio State University Libraries