Manuscriptorium Content Available Through EBSCO Discovery Service™ — Digital Documents Related to Historic Books

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Agreement with National Library of the Czech Republic Brings Metadata from the Manuscriptorium Project to EBSCO Discovery Service™ Users

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In adding the metadata to EBSCO Discovery Service, we are further able to expand access to this valuable information and bring this important content to more and more users.

An agreement between the National Library of the Czech Republic and EBSCO Publishing is bringing metadata from the Manuscriptorium project to EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). The goal of the Manuscriptorium project is to create virtual research access to all digital documents related to historical book resources up to the year 1800. Content includes: manuscripts, incunabula, early print books, maps, deeds, charters and more. Metadata from the Manuscriptorium—the European Digital Library of Written Cultural Heritage—will be available to all EDS users, further expanding the information available via EBSCO Discovery Service.

The Manuscriptorium project—including more than five million digital images—has created a single digital library database from the resources previously held in libraries throughout the European Union and beyond. While the primary focus of the project is on books, documents of an archival nature are also included. The Manuscriptorium provides researchers, students and teachers with information about the physical documents that are contained in the digital library via its catalogue as well as access to digital copies of the documents themselves.

The General Director of the National Library of the Czech Republic, Tomas Bohm says the agreement with EBSCO expands the goal of the Manuscriptorium project. “The National Library of the Czech Republic set out to pull together the millions of historic book resources that had been scattered throughout libraries around the world. In adding the metadata to EBSCO Discovery Service, we are further able to expand access to this valuable information and bring this important content to more and more users.”

The Manuscriptorium joins a long list of key information sources available to EBSCO Discovery Service users including: British Library, Baker & Taylor, NewsBank, Readex, LexisNexis, Alexander Street Press, Oxford University Press, American Psychological Association, ABC-CLIO, ingentaconnect, Government Printing Office, ECONIS, Mergent Inc., arXiv, Credo Reference, IGI Global, World Book and Accessible Archives. In addition, Web of Science & H.W. Wilson provide access for mutual customers. The EDS Base Index represents content from approximately 20,000 providers (and growing) in addition to metadata from another 70,000 book publishers, representing far more content providers and publishers than any other discovery service.

EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution’s information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box—searching made even more powerful because of the quality of metadata and depth and breadth of coverage.

EBSCO Discovery Service is quickly becoming the discovery selection for many libraries (, and an obvious partner for content providers. Because the service builds on the foundation provided by the EBSCOhost® platform, libraries gain a full user experience for discovering their collections/OPAC—which is not typical in the discovery space. Further still, in the many universities and other libraries where EBSCOhost is the most-used platform for premium research, users are not asked to change their pathways or habits for searching. There’s simply more to discover on the familiar EBSCOhost platform, and the same can be said for library administrators who can leverage their previous work with EBSCOadmin®.

About EBSCO Publishing
EBSCO Publishing is the producer of EBSCOhost®, the world’s premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives, and e-books. The company provides more than 300 databases and nearly 300,000 e-books. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service ( more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.


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