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JISC Historic Books

One platform, over 360,000 historic books

JISC Collections has purchased a range of historic book archives for perpetual access by member institutions. Currently, these archives must be separately accessed, searched and browsed on a range of platforms, and are subject to an annual access fee.

JISC Historic Books, part of the new JISC eCollections service, contains the full text or page images of over 300,000 books published in England before 1800. The service draws together content from two of the best-known and longest-established early book collections:

EEBO (Early English Books Online)

The scanned images and (increasingly) full-text digital versions of over 125,000 books published in English up to 1700, from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.

ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online)

A digital collection of all the books published in Great Britain and its colonies during the eighteenth century, comprising some 33 million pages from more than 180,000 titles. The collection includes books in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish and Welsh.

Uniquely, and never before available online, JISC Historic Books also includes:

Nineteenth Century books from the British Library collection

Digitised versions of more than 65,000 first editions from the 19th century, covering philosophy, history, poetry and literature. The collection extends to over 25 million pages of previously rare and inaccessible content, and includes the original typeface and illustrations for each book.

JISC Historic Books is part of the new JISC eCollections service, a world-class collection of historical books, journals and multimedia content licensed in perpetuity by JISC Collections on behalf of its member institutions.

JISC eCollections also comprises of:

JISC Journal Archives
More than 3.75 million articles from the archives of over 450 journals of major publishers and societies – Brill, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institute of Physics, ProQuest, Oxford University Press, The Royal Society of Chemistry

JISC MediaHub
Over 137,000 multimedia items including more than 3,600 hours of film and over 50,000 images from NewsFilm Online, Film & Sound Online and the new Digital Images for Education archive

Please visit the JISC eCollections catalogue page for details of how to join and access the three new platforms.

JISC Historic Books is developed by and hosted at Mimas