02 February 2007 – JOINT ANNOUNCEMENT ON MAJOR CONTENT ENHANCEMENTS TO COPAC 01/01/70 12:00:00

Press Release

The Consortium of Research Libraries (CURL), the Research Information Network (RIN) and the British Library today announce significant future additions to Copac as a result of the Copac Challenge Fund, a jointly-funded initiative to expose more of the wealth of UK library holdings for the benefit of researchers of all types in the UK and beyond.

There were 60 responses to the Challenge Fund from both Higher Education and other libraries who were interested in a presence within Copac. Successful applicants had to demonstrate the benefits they could bring for Copac users through the research value, uniqueness, ease of access and use of their collections. This process ensures that the Fund will have a maximum positive impact for researchers in the UK and beyond.

The new institutions whose collections will be wholly or partly included in Copac are:

City of London Libraries

Institute of Education

Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

Lambeth Palace Library

Natural History Museum

Royal Academy of Music

St. Andrews University

Tate Gallery

University of Essex

University of Exeter

University of Leicester

Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University

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