300,000 New Pages at the Spanish Virtual Library of Historical Newspapers

Andalucía magazineThe Ministry of Culture has just digitised 300,000 more pages that have been integrated into the Spanish Virtual Library of Historical Newspapers.

The project is the result of cooperation between the Directorate General of Books, Archives and Libraries (through the Subdirectorate General for Library Coordination) and Autonomous Regions and scientific and cultural institutions including universities, municipalities, foundations athenaeums and even newspapers publishers with origins dating back to 19thand the beginning of the last century. Its aim is not only to preserve, but also to offer access to bibliographic materials that are denoted for being unique copies and, therefore, not easily accessible.

Pensatriz magazineIt is harvested by Hispana, through which it contributes to the Europeana project.

As of November 2011, it includes 5.713.462 titles from 1971 newspapers that cover a wide chronological period between 1777 and 2009. These newspapers were printed in 160 Spanish towns.

This year the Ministry of Culture has signed an agreement with the Association of Spanish Cultural Magazines that is allowing to include current contents in the database.

La campana de Gracia magazineA new version of the library was launched recently, with an important new function: the ability to search for any word on any page of any digital newspaper.

Here you can watch a video presenting the library:

More information can be found in its website.

Subdirectorate General for Libraries Coordination
Ministry of Culture

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