May 20, 2022

National Library of Ireland Library Seeks Help to Digitise Collection

From The Irish Times:

The National Library is seeking a partner to digitise its collection of genealogical and other material in a move that may mean the state institution puts its collections behind an online paywall.

The library has sought expressions of interest from potential commercial partners as well as the not-for-profit sector. A link-up with a commercial entity would almost certainly involve charging for online access to records, particularly genealogical records.


The areas identified by the National Library as offering the greatest potential for a joint venture are parish records, directories and the register of elections. It has also earmarked journals, newspapers and its photographic archive. Expressions of interest will be sought to digitise all or part of the collection and different models may be used.

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