Depot - Document Management Tool

NOTICE: As previously announced, the Depot system is retired as of Sunday, August 31, 2014. Visit the File Sharing at Northwestern web page for a list of available file sharing resources and service guidelines Learn more about the Depot Retirement.

Depot is a web-based document management tool that offers a secure, central repository where users can upload, store, and share documents or files that may contain sensitive information or be too large to send through traditional e-mail.

Documents such as course syllabi, research proposals, digitized images, sound, or large computer data sets are examples of documents that can be uploaded and shared using Depot.

Depot resources should NOT be used to store data that is subject to regulatory or compliance requirements, including but not limited to:

Who can use Depot?

Depot accounts are available for use by Northwestern University faculty upon request. Faculty needing online storage for research projects should request accounts on Vault, the University’s central storage platform for research information.

With a Depot account, an individual is able to give access to files or directories to anyone via a web link or URL. This capability enables the Depot account holder to share files securely, to provide users within or outside the University a means of sending files to the account holder, and to publish on the open web if desired.

Members of the faculty may request access to Depot by sending an email to with a brief narrative justification describing the context in which the service is to be used.

Depot account holders may log in to the Depot using their valid Northwestern NetID and NetID password.

Support Contacts

Support Contact:

IT Support Center
Central service desk for students, faculty, and staff.
847-491-4357 (1-HELP)
Submit a Support Request