Funding Cambridge’s Digital Library

Cambridge has announced plans to become a digital library based on the generous gift of Dr. Leonard Polonsky. The gift will, in part, assist in digitizing Codex Bezae of the New Testament, as well as the Taylor-Schechter collection of Genizah fragments, which according to the University’s notice is in the range of 193,000 fragments.

Cambridge aims to become the world’s library

Cambridge University Library has announced visionary plans to become a digital library for the world – following a £1.5m lead gift pledged by Dr Leonard Polonsky.

Home to more than seven million books and some of the greatest collections in existence, including those of Newton and Darwin, the Library will begin digitising its priceless treasures to launch its Digital Library for the 21st Century.

University Librarian Anne Jarvis said: “Our library contains evidence of some of the greatest ideas and discoveries over two millennia. We want to make it accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world with an internet connection and a thirst for knowledge. This will not only make our collections available to the world; it will also initiate a global conversation about them.

“At the click of a mouse, students or scholars of divinity or politics, history, physics, medieval languages or the history of medicine, will be able to plunge into the worlds of Mediterranean Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities of the 11th Century, or into the minds of Isaac Newton and his contemporaries.”

Dr Polonsky’s generous gift will allow the University Library to set up the essential infrastructure required for this sophisticated digitisation project. The first collections to be digitised will be entitled The Foundations of Faith and The Foundations of Science. The goal for both is that they become ‘living libraries’ with the capacity to grow and evolve […See rest HERE]

See also: Jewish donor funds Cambridge digital library (Jewish Chronicle)

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