Oxford and Vatican digitise 1.5 million ancient texts

Oxford's Bodleian Libraries and the Vatican's Biblioteca Apostolica plan to digitise 1.5 million ancient texts to make them available online. The two libraries announced the four-year project after receiving a £2 million (US$3.1 million) award from the Polonsky Foundation, reports the BBC.

Dr Leonard Polonsky said his aim was to ensure researchers and the public have free access to historic and rare texts. Greek manuscripts, 15th century printed books and Hebrew early printed books and manuscripts will be digitised. The three subjects were chosen "for the strength of the collections in both libraries and their importance for scholarship in their respective fields", a Bodleian spokesperson said.

The libraries say the digitisation will "virtually unite" materials that have been dispersed between the two collections over the past few centuries.
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