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Oireachtas library shares digital historical collections on JSTOR Open Community Collections

26 Mar 2021, 10.56

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The Oireachtas Library has joined the JSTOR Open Community Collections initiative, becoming the first organisation from the Republic of Ireland to take part in this international project.

JSTOR is a digital library providing free and subscription access to research articles, journals, books and primary sources. The Open Community Collections initiative is a new collaborative project between JSTOR and libraries, archives and museums. Content is freely discoverable alongside journal articles and eBooks, thereby integrating institutional digital collections into the research workflows of JSTOR's many users all over the world.

More than 11,000 items from the Oireachtas Library’s digital historical collections are publicly available via JSTOR, including the Dublin Castle Collection, the former reference library of the Chief Secretary's Office at Dublin Castle. The collections contain a wide variety of pamphlets, periodicals, cartoons, maps, books and original manuscripts dating from the late 16th to the early 20th century.

The collections have already been accessed by people in more than 80 countries, who have viewed and downloaded more than 1,500 items.