Hispanic Digital Library
The Hispanic Digital Library is the digital library of the Biblioteca Nacional de España. It provides access free of charge to thousands of digitised documents, including books printed from the 15th to the 20th century, manuscripts, drawings, engravings, pamphlets, posters, photographs, maps, atlases, music scores, historic newspapers and magazines and audio recordings.
Created in 2008, the objectives of the Hispanic Digital Library are:
- To disseminate Spanish cultural heritage while assuring that our cultural legacy is protected and safeguarded.
- To fulfil the commitment to the European Union to help create the future European Digital Library, which will offer unique, multilingual online access to holdings in European cultural institutions.
- To become an essential tool for fostering research into our culture by enabling scholars and hispanicists to examine digitised holdings from anywhere in the world.
- To provide a tool for opening up partnerships with other Spanish and Latin American libraries.
The HDL was initially co-funded by RED.ES, a public corporate entity belonging to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism. Subsequently, the agreement signed with the private sector enterprise Telefónica would drive the project forward and provide the necessary financial support to launch the BNE's systematic mass scanning project.
When it was launched in January 2008, the HDL had around 10,000 works selected by experts in different subjects as a cross-section of the bibliographic and documentary heritage of the BNE. Today it comprises more than 222.000 titles (as of January of 2020) works on all topics in all documentary forms, freely accessible from anywhere in the world.
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Public access to digital collection of historical press the spanish BNE
In the general catalogue you can consult the bibliographical references of all documents held in the BIBLIOGRAPHY
Pilot project that seeks to propose a rapprochement and an exploration of bibliographic data completely different to traditional catalogues.