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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Cities
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Libraries
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What Libraries are saying

“I cannot tell you how thrilled we are about PWRB. It has inspired great enthusiasm about how to implement activities at Hopkins surrounding what it has revealed, and might help to continue to reveal at an important time.”

Earle Havens, Johns Hopkins University

I do want to thank you personally for including music in the USTC. Those partbooks are challenging to catalogue, but they add a key element to the larger picture, as you know. The USTC has changed my research life!

Kate van Orden, Harvard University

“Thank you so much for your mail! You did say, when we met, that an old collection like ours was bound to contain something interesting, but this is remarkable!”

Ernst Berkje, Oslo Cathedral School

“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

Latest Blog Posts

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The lost press of Texel: Uncovering the lost world of print through newspaper advertisements

By Arthur der Weduwen | Over the past few years the USTC team has embarked on a campaign to extend its coverage of European print by searching for the most elusive of books: those that do not survive in a single copy today. This is a quest that is not uncontroversial; but it is one that […]

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Prosecuting Witches: A How-To Guide for Every Library

By Jamie Cumby | For Halloween, we at Preserving the World’s Rarest Books are looking at an infamous early modern text on the supernatural: the Malleus Maleficarum.  This guide for prosecuting cases of witchcraft draws on anecdotes ripped from the experiences of its Inquisitor author. It was first printed in 1487 (USTC 746011) and went […]

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Circulating Scandalous News in Early Modern Europe

By Sandra Toffolo | In 1637 in Grenoble Magdeleine d’Auvermont was accused of adultery by relatives of her husband: she had given birth to a son, but her husband had been away in Germany for the past four years. This was according to a pamphlet published in Paris that same year. Magdeleine, however, claimed that […]

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The USTC at the York Book Fair

By Jessica Dalton | In September, the Universal Short Title Catalogue (USTC) exhibited for the first time at the Provincial Book Fairs Association York Fair: the largest antiquarian book fair in the UK.  Over the course of two days, book dealers, collectors and librarians from all over the country visited the bustling event at the York Racecourse, where more […]

Helen Smith at Women and Print

Conference Review: Women in Print

By Jessica Farrell-Jobst | The University of Birmingham recently held a conference on Women in Print, hosted by the Centre for Printing History and Culture on 13-14 September. The conference focused on research about female participants in producing, sponsoring and designing print culture. Seeking to inspire conversation about the role of women in print history, this […]

Group photo, summer 2018

Summer programme now open for applications

The St Andrews Book History Group welcomes applications for our summer programme. Successful applicants will spend six weeks, Monday 10 June – Friday 19 July 2019, in St Andrews as members of the group.  During this time they will be given a comprehensive introduction to the Universal Short Title Catalogue (USTC), its data gathering and […]

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