MIMAS: Manchester Information & Associated Services
17 June 2002
British Library Public Catalogue accessible from COPAC
Joint Press Release from the British Library and the Consortium of University
Research Libraries (CURL)
The British Library and the Consortium of University Research Libraries
(CURL) are delighted to announce that from 17 June 2002 the British Library
Public Catalogue (BLPC) will be accessible online, free of charge, from
COPAC is an online union catalogue, hosted at MIMAS, which gives free
access to the merged catalogues of 22 of the largest university research
libraries in the UK and Ireland. Now that the British Library has become a full
member of CURL and the BLPC has been added to COPAC, COPAC users
will have free online access, via a single search interface, to more than 20
million catalogue records, which they can search simultaneously by title,
author or subject.
The National Library of Scotland and the National Library of Wales / Llyfrgell
Genedlaethol Cymru have also become full members of CURL and their
records will be available via COPAC within the next twelve months.
Meanwhile their catalogues can be searched simultaneously with the
COPAC database, which also includes the BLPC, using the experimental
version COPAC V3.
More details about the content of the BLPC can be found at
More information about CURL and MIMAS can be found on their respective
web sites at http://www.curl.ac.uk and http://www.mimas.ac.uk.