Below we present a useful selection of online sources for information and research related to rare book and manuscript studies and collecting. 


Websites for manuscripts and rare book studies

The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies
Access to electronic resources in medieval studies through Georgetown University
Gateway to medieval, early German, and Latin literature studies; a compilation of current information, sources and tools

Manuscripta Mediaevalia
Database of catalogued manuscripts in the German-language area, including digitised manuscripts and catalogues 

ISTC - Incunabula Short Title Catalogue 
International database of 15th-century European printing created by the British Library

Consortium of European Research Libraries

CERL seeks to share resources and expertise between research libraries with a view to improving access to, as well as exploitation and preservation of the European printed heritage in the hand-press period.


Research project at the University of Oxford

Quaternio Editions Lucerne

The publishing house produces high-quality facsimile editions and provides information on medieval manuscripts.

Library holdings providing digitized manuscripts and books 

Digital Scriptorium
An image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites resources from several institutions 


Brussels, Digital Library of the Bibliothèque royale de Belgique 

Collections Explorer
Cambridge, The Fitzwilliam Museum 

Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts
Den Haag, Koninklijke Bibliotheek 

Gutenberg Digital
Göttingen, Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek, the Gutenberg Bible 

Bibliotheca Palatina - digital: A Virtual Reconstruction of the Former Crown Jewel of Germany's Libraries
Heidelberg, Universitätsbibliothek 

CEEC Codices Electronici Ecclesiae Coloniensis
Köln, Erzbischöfliche Diözesan- und Dombibliothek 

Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts
London, British Library 

Digital Collections: ManuscriptsDigital Collections: Old Printings
Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek 

New York, The Morgan Library & Museum 

Early Manuscripts at Oxford University
Digital LibraryManuscript Database

Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek 

Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts and Rare Books
Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library 

ILLUMINATED - Manuscripts in the Making

University of Cambridge, The Fitzwilliam Museum

Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts

The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts (SDBM) makes available data on medieval manuscript books of five or more folios produced before 1600. Its purpose is to facilitate research for scholars, collectors, and others interested in manuscript studies and the provenance of these unique books.




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