The Consortium of Research Libraries (CURL), the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL) and the Cathedral Libraries and Archives Association (CLAA) today announce the conclusion of a major three-way arrangement that will increase the visibility of a number of historic collections to researchers worldwide.

The three organisations have agreed to add the Hand Press Book database records of the Cathedral Libraries Catalogue to Copac, the freely available Web-based catalogue managed by MIMAS on behalf of CURL and the JISC. The Cathedral Libraries Catalogue (published by the Bibliographical Society between 1984 and 1998) contains records of books printed before 1701 held in the libraries of 37 Anglican Cathedrals of England and Wales, and includes books printed in the British Isles and British America and English books printed elsewhere, as well as books printed on the Continent of Europe.