VATICAN CITY - The Vatican Library and Oxford University's Bodleian Library have put the first of 1.5 million pages of ancient manuscripts online.
The two libraries in 2012 announced a four-year project to digitize some of the most important works of their collections of Hebrew manuscripts, Greek manuscripts and early printed books.
Among the first up on the site at http:/bav.bodleian.ox.ac.uk are the two-volume Gutenberg bibles from each of the libraries and a beautiful 15th-century German Bible, hand-colored and illustrated by woodcuts.
The $3.3 million project is being funded by the Polonsky Foundation, which aims to democratize access to information.
The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 and is one of the most important research libraries in the world. The Bodleian is the largest university library in Britain.
Pasini speaks inside a frescoed hall by 17th-century painter Paul Brill at the Vatican.×
FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 file photo, a view of the Vatican Apostolic Library, Vatican City. The Vatican Library and Oxford University's Bodleian Library put the first of 1.5 million pages of ancient manuscripts online Tuesday, bringing their full two-volume Gutenberg Bibles and other precious documents to a global audience for the first time. The two libraries in 2012 announced a four-year project to digitize some of the most important works in their collections of Hebrew manuscripts, Greek manuscripts and early printed books. The 2 million pound ($3.3 million) project is being funded by the Polonsky Foundation, which aims to democratize access to information. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito, File)×
Msgr. Cesare Pasini, prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Library, shows a digitalized book at the Vatican.×
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