Free to view pages on the British Newspaper Archive

The British Library and the British Newspaper Archive are committed to making historical resources available to more and more people, and the introduction of free to view pages marks a significant milestone in this commitment. Following this link, you will find how to access and search through the free to view pages.

Now, with one million pages made free to view today, consisting of 150 titles and spanning the years 1720-1880 more and more people will be able to search the unparalleled resource which is offered by the British Newspaper Archive, in partnership with the British Library.

Over the next three years, we will see a total of 3.7 million free to view pages being added to The Archive, with the aim of shedding light on the diverse content held by the British Library. Learn more.

Jisc Library Hub Discover

Jisc Library Hub Discover exposes rare and unique research material by bringing together the catalogues of major UK and Irish libraries. In a single search you can discover the holdings of the UK’s National Libraries (including the British Library), many university libraries, and specialist research libraries. This service replaces Copac and SUNCAT.

Library Hub Discover is one of three services built on the Jisc National Bibliographic Knowledgebase, a growing collaboration with an increasing number of libraries contributing to the shared database, to benefit the academic and broader research community as well as local library activity and developments. Learn more.

The Kalliope-Verbund catalogue

Kalliope is an information system for collections of personal papers, manuscripts, and publishers’ archives.

Founded by the Berlin State Library – Prussian Cultural Heritage with financial support from the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) in 2001, Kalliope superseded the Central Register of Autographs (Zentralkartei der Autographen, ZKA), which was established in 1966.

The initial data base of Kalliope was formed by 1,2 million catalog cards of the ZKA that had been provided by 450 institutions over a period of more than 30 years. The conversion of these cards into a machine-readable format was completed in 2006. Learn more.

National Library of Australia: Maps

The National Library of Australia’s map collection includes around 1 million maps, from early European charts to current mapping of Australia, in print and digital form. All online maps are freely available for download, in high resolution. Learn more.

The David Rumsey Map Collection

The David Rumsey Map Collection database is historical map collection presenting over 105,000 maps and related images online. The collection includes rare 16th through 21st century maps of America, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Pacific, Arctic, Antarctic, and the World. The physical map collection is housed in the David Rumsey Map Center at the Stanford University Library. Learn more.

Persuasive Cartography: The PJ Mode Collection

The PJ Mode Collection of Persuasive Cartography at the Cornell University Library is a collection of maps intended primarily to influence opinions or beliefs. The collection reflects a variety of persuasive tools: allegorical, satirical and pictorial mapping; selective inclusion or exclusion; unusual use of projections, color, graphics and text; and intentional deception. Learn more.

Alvin

Alvin is a platform for the long-term preservation and accessible storage of digitised collections and digital cultural heritage materials. It is also a catalogue of materials that have not yet been digitised. The platform is a collaboration between several different cultural heritage organisations within Sweden’s GLAM sector. Learn more

Biblissima

Biblissima is an online digital library, which provides easy and coordinated access to documentation on manuscripts and early printed books, the texts contained therein, their circulation and their readers, from the 8th to 18th centuries (digitisations of early documents, documentary databases, editions, as well as tools to understand these documents and to produce new data). It is equipment for research, learning and diffusion, meant both for scholars and for a wider audience.

The Biblissima Portal provides unified access to a set of digital data on medieval manuscripts, incunabula and early printed books produced by the partners of the Biblissima consortium.

The IIIF collections search engine (a prototype application) allows you to search across IIIF-compliant manuscripts and rare books dated before 1800 coming from many digital libraries in the world. It is a work in progress, the platform is updated and enriched on a regular basis.
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Zeitschriften der Aufklärung (Periodicals of the Enlightenment)

Zeitschriften der Aufklärung is a digitally reconstructed corpus of major 18th and 19th century literary journals and review journals published in the German language. The selection of the periodicals is mainly based on the “Index deutschsprachiger Zeitschriften 1750-1815” compiled by the Academy of Sciences at Göttingen. The collection is available as a part of the digital collections of the University of Bielefeld. Learn more.