Google today announced that it signed an agreement with the Czech National Library to digitize up to 200,000 works from the historical collection, managed by the Department of Historical and Musical Archives of the Czech National Library and the Slavic Library. These are all published between the 16th and 18th century.
Through this cooperation important works of literature, philosophy and the natural sciences which could only be accessed by a few will become a common good. Projects like this help to overcome not only geographical but also cultural and social boundaries.
"With a history dating back to the 11th century, the Clementinum hosting the Czech National Library until today used to be one of the world's major Jesuit colleges and was established as an observatory, library and university by the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria in the late 18th century.
The Czech National Library has many unique collections such as the Mozartiana, Comeniana, a large number of Bohemica and one of the most comprehensive collections of Slavonic literature in the world. The works collected in the Clementinum are written in a multitude of languages: besides Czech for instance Russian, Polish, South-Slavic languages, German, Latin, Italian, French and Greek. The digitization of these books will offer valuable sources for scholars and interested readers all over the world."
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