Remote access - a significant step forward

National Library of Scotland readers can now take advantage of a landmark development in user services, as the Library takes a significant step forward in widening access to its collections.

Until this week, due to licensing restrictions, subscription-based electronic resources could only be consulted in the George IV Bridge Building. As a result of a new agreement with publishers Thomson Gale, readers who register for remote access will be able use two new major electronic resources from anywhere with an internet connection.

These new resources open up an extensive and valuable body of material for readers who are unable to visit us in Edinburgh. The Times Digital Archive provides every page of every issue of The Times newspaper from 1785 to 1985 - in total, one million pages, with more than eight million articles. Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) offers every significant English-language and non-English-language title printed in the UK and the former British territories, together with thousands of important works from the Americas, from 1701 to 1800 - some 150,000 books.

Both resources are fully text-searchable, and pages can be viewed and printed as PDF (Portable Document Format) files. Readers can register for remote access using a form available on our website. For further details, see:

Remote access to other resources is expected during the course of the year: news about these and other online developments will be featured in our E-mail newsletter.

10 June 2004

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