Monday, October 19, 2009

EU Publications Office Digitizes All Its Documents Back to 1952

The Publications Office of the European Union has digitized millions of pages from all of its publications since 1952 and made them available for free via the EU Bookshop Digital Library:

"The Publications Office's archives have long represented a veritable treasure trove of European history. These publications can once again see the virtual light of day through the Publications Office Digital Library."

"The Publications Office Digital Library was a response to a growing demand to digitise out-of-print publications. In 2007, the Publications Office launched a PDF-on-demand service, wherein users could request publications to be retrieved from the archives and scanned as needed. They turned out to be in such high demand that within six months the service was saturated. To better serve the users, it was decided to scan the industrial volumes of the entire archive."

"The result – less than two years later – is an electronic library of more than 14 million pages of web-optimised PDFs progressively available to the public free of charge."
To find archival material, use the EU Bookshop search engine, making sure to select the "Digital Library (Archive)" checkbox.

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