January 20, 2022

Six Months After Launch an Update on Polonsky Foundation Digitization Project (Bodleian Libraries & Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana)

From the Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services Blog (BDLSS):

For the past two years, members of BDLSS and the Bodleian’s Imaging Services department have been hard at work digitizing books and manuscripts for the Polonsky Foundation Digitization Project. This project is a collaboration between the Bodleian Library and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, with the aim of digitizing 1.5 million pages of ancient and medieval materials.


At this point, six months after the site launch, a wealth of new material is online. The Vatican has digitized almost 200 15th-century printed books, and the Bodleian has digitized 60 Greek manuscripts and is rapidly adding to that number. Dozens of academic libraries have incorporated the site into their lists of electronic resources for students of history, art and classics, and we have also heard from a scholar who is working on a font that mimics the text of the Gutenberg Bible.

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See Also: Bodleian and the Vatican Libraries Publish Ancient Texts Online (December 3, 2013)
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Hat Tip: @JISCDigital

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.