OCLC Hosts CERL Hand Press Book Database

Jan 30, 2007

The Consortium of European Research Libraries has announced that OCLC Online Computer Library Center will host the CERL Hand Press Book Database, a collection of more than 2 million catalog records from libraries representing items of European printing from the 15th century through the 1830s, the hand-press period, integrated into one database. The resource integrates descriptive records for European national, university, and research library holdings. The CERL Hand Press Book Database is integrated, designed for information to be retrieved in one single search across all files. The database may be accessed for information retrieval and downloading by CERL member institutions, their staff and users, and subscribers to the database to be available on the OCLC FirstSearch service in mid-2007. The CERL Hand Press Book Database had been hosted by RLG since 1994. In July 2006, RLG combined with OCLC.

(www.cerl.org; www.oclc.org)