Library Corner December 22, 2013
The Vatican Library and Oxford’s University’s Bodleian Library put the first of 1.5 million pages of Gutenberg Bible online recently for everyone to see. The two libraries in 2012 announced a four-year project to digitize some of the most important works in their collections of Hebrew manuscripts, Greek manuscripts and early printed books. This 3.3 million dollar project is funded by the Polonsky Foundation, which aims to democratize access to information.
The first books up are the 2 vol. Gutenberg Bibles from each library, the first-ever books set on type-face in the mid 1400’s by printer Johannes Gutenberg in Germany, heralding the age of the printed book in the West.
“We want everyone who can to see these manuscripts, these great works of humanity.” Monsignor Cesare Pasini, the prefect of the Vatican Library told the Associated Press in an interview conducted December, 2013.
The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 and is one of the most important research libraries in the world. It has 180,000 manuscripts, 1.6 million books and 150,000 prints, drawings and engravings. The Bodleian is the largest university library in Britain, with more than 11 million printed works.
To view these great works go to http:bav.bodleian.ox.ac.uk
The library will be closed December 24th, 25th and 26th for the Christmas Holidays. The staff of the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library wishes all our patrons a very Merry Christmas.