Working with Libraries

We partner with libraries around the world

We partner with libraries to identify their rarest books.

With the USTC we investigate the collection

We compare the library’s catalogue with the USTC’s database.

Libraries receive a list of their rarest books

We provide the library with a list of their books in order of rarity.

Interested in learning more?

How do we work with Libraries?

Who are our partners?

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Countries
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Cities
43
Libraries
54

What Libraries are saying

“We knew that our 150,000 patrimonial items were a treasure of unique items, but we could not imagine such a considerable number.  Be assured of our greatest gratitude for your very important and very useful work for the library, the community of researchers and bibliographers.”

Bibliothèque Méjanes, Aix-en-Provence

“This extensive list is a remarkable resource … Our major exhibition in 2018 will focus on a selection of the most intriguing and unusual items highlighted by your list.”

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Marsh’s Library, Dublin

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Like Father, Like Son: Identifying Prognosticators

By Nina Lamal | In 1568 the Erfurt printer Georg I Baumann published Practica auff das M.D.LXIX. Jhar by Reinhold Erasmus (USTC 6905901, pictured above). Erasmus (1511-1551) was a mathematics professor at the University of Wittenberg known for his Prutenic Tables, which was a compilation of astronomical tables based on Copernicus’ work. It was first […]

USTC 139280 A Catechism or Christian Doctrine, title page

A Catechism from the English Exiles in Rouen

By Chelsea Reutcke | Within the collection at Harvard’s Houghton Library, one of our Preserving the World’s Rarest Books partners, is a small devotional book from 1583 by Laurence Vaux entitled A Catechism or Christian Doctrine, Necessary for Children and Ignorant People (STC 24627, USTC 139280). At first glance, an English language catechism for children […]

St. Bridget of Sweden, woodcut

Beware of Ghosts!: Avoiding Ghost Editions of the Revelations of St. Bridget

By Nora Epstein | In the final months of the fifteenth century, the Nuremberg printer Anton Koberger completed the first of two editions of his Revelationes Sancte Birgitte under the patronage of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. The resulting Latin and German editions were profusely illustrated and loosely based on a 1492 Revelationes printed in […]

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2018 Summer Internship

The Internship programme for 2018 now open for applications. The USTC hosts an active programme of internships. This is intended to provide scholars and students with an interest in analytical bibliography with an opportunity to work with the project team in St Andrews. The internship will involve extensive practice in the manipulation of digital resources, and […]

The Polish Ambassador at the Printed Book in Central Europe Conference

The St Andrews Book Project in the School of History, along with the Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota, hosted its annual conference this year from 29 June to 1 July. The conference theme was on ‘The Printed Book in Central Europe’. Scholars from across Europe and America spoke on the rise […]

Arthur der Weduwen Wins James D. Forbes Collecting Prize

Arthur der Weduwen has been awarded the James D. Forbes Prize of the University of St Andrews. The prize is awarded to a student collector who has assembled a collection of books, printed ephemera, manuscripts or photographs, tied together by a common theme. This is one of eight such collecting prizes now offered in British […]

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