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British Library Opens New Online Image Service

The British Library (BL) has introduced a new service that offers access to thousands of unique and unusual images from the illuminated manuscripts, archive photographs, maps, and engravings held by the BL. Images Online ( enables users to search thousands of items from library collections and currently contains around 8,000 images, ranging from medieval depictions of witchcraft to Lewis Carroll's original drawings for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The library hopes to have some 17,000 images online by the end of the year.

While many of these have come from the Picture Library's existing collection of transparencies, some 2,500 are newly digitized images from manuscripts, maps, Asia Pacific and Africa collections, music, and philately. Developed in collaboration with image management company iBase, Images Online offers users a sophisticated search facility--including keyword or shelfmark searches and browsing by subject--and the option to buy and download small image files. A link to the Picture Library allows users to order larger files; any image on the site can be supplied as a 30 megabyte TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) on CD-ROM, or a transparency may be available.

Source: The British Library

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