New resource: JISC Historic Books

Alongside the JISC MediaHub, the JISC e-Collections service also provides access to the JISC Historic Books collection (and the JISC Journal Archive – see separate post). Access to JISC Historic eBooks is by university username and password from on-campus and off-campus. The resource is described as follows:

The JISC Historic Book collection provides access, through a single search interface, to the libraries of the British Library 19th Century eBook collection, ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online) and EEBO (Early English Books Online). Each collection can be searched separately or in combination.

ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online) features 150,000 printed volumes — English-language and foreign-language titles printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas, with full-text search capabilities across all 26 million pages.

EEBO (Early English Books Online) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. EEBO gives users access to a huge range of primary resources, including many important literary and historical texts.

The British Library 19th Century eBook collection provides access to more than 25 million pages across discplines including philosophy, history, poetry and literature, with the original typeface, illustrations and fold-out pages for each book. Many rare or inaccessible books published between 1789 and 1914 are now digital, discoverable and searchable for the first time.

At present, individual eBook records from the JISC Historic Books collection are not made available by JISC but may be provided in future.