May 17, 2022

UK's JISC Launches Collection Containing 65,000 19th Century Books Digitized from British Library Collection

From JISC Collections:

The British Library and JISC eCollections have announced the launch of JISC Historic Books, a new website developed by Mimas for researchers and students that includes recently digitised editions of more than 65,000 books from the British Library’s extensive 19th century collections.

Amounting to more than 25 million pages, the resource spans subject areas including philosophy, history, poetry and literature, with the original typeface, illustrations and fold-out pages for each book. Many rare or inaccessible books published between 1789 and 1914 are now digital, discoverable and searchable for the first time, enabling their use by many more scholars than has hitherto been possible.


ISC Historic Books also contains content from two major collections of books published in England from 1475 to 1800; by consolidating over 360,000 historic books into a single world-class resource, the platform provides consistency and cross-searching that will make it easier for readers to find and use valuable content. It is one of a suite of three platforms that together form JISC eCollections, which has been developed to protect and preserve content licensed in perpetuity for UK further and higher education institutions by JISC Collections.

Institutions pay a single service fee to access all three platforms, with content then free at the point of access for students, researchers and academics. Over 140 institutions have already joined the service, which is also available via the British Library’s Reading Rooms.

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