International Digital Library of Hebrew Manuscripts
The British Library’s Chief Executive, Roly Keating, said: “Hebrew manuscripts are one of the great strengths of the British Library’s vast collections, so we are delighted to be working with our counterparts at the National Library of Israel to make these remarkable manuscripts available online. One of our core purposes as the UK national library is to work with partners around the world to advance knowledge and mutual understanding: this agreement will enable us to share thousands more of these treasures with a global audience, whether for research, inspiration or enjoyment.”
Mr. Oren Weinberg, Director of the National Library of Israel, praised this joint undertaking as a groundbreaking collaboration for its positive implications for both the global academic community and the public at large. “For the first time, large numbers of researchers, students and other curious members of the public will be able to study these important manuscripts and enjoy their rich content.” Weinberg praised the openness of the British Library’s Chief Executive, Mr. Roly Keating, who facilitated the agreement. “The field will benefit greatly from Mr. Keating’s knowledge of and commitment to large-scale digital collecting.”
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