Friday, February 06, 2009
Copac adds National Trust libraries
"Copac has announced that the book and manuscript holdings of the National Trust are to be added to Copac. These consist of around 250,000 titles held across 130 historic libraries. Many are country house libraries, some collected by wealthy bibliophiles, others containing more practical everyday books, including rare provincial printing. Other collections reflect the interests of middle-class readers; some were assembled by literary figures, such as Kipling and Shaw. Together these libraries provide an unparalleled resource for the study of the history of private book ownership in Britain and Ireland"