Access is being opened up to valuable House of Lords papers that go to the heart of 19th century British political history.
A project to digitise the papers will give free online access to National Library of Scotland registered readers with a Scottish address. At present they can only consult this parliamentary material by visiting the Library in person.
Few surviving collections
The National Library has one of the very few surviving collections of House of Lords papers.
Although the influence of the Lords diminished in the 19th century, more British Prime Ministers served in the Lords in this period than in the House of Commons. The papers provide an insight into areas of social, political, economic and foreign policy.
Commitment to access
Dr John Scally, Scotland's National Librarian, said the project is part of the Library's commitment to open up its collections to as many people as possible.
Led by the Library and the global technology company ProQuest, the project is expected to be completed later this year.
The papers will be added to the Library's licensed digital collections, which includes e-books, e-journals, and reference works.
Read more in our House of Lords papers media release.
14 May 2015