Grant helps UCLA Library catalogue rare books

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The library of UCLA in the USA has received a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to catalogue more than 55,000 rare books and make them more accessible to users.

The project will involve two concurrent efforts focused on rare books in the Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections. One effort will create online catalogue records for some 25,000 items in a variety of languages and subjects that currently have no online record. Many of them were acquired before UCLA holdings went online in 1977. The other effort will address a cataloguing backlog involving more than 30,000 items acquired since 1977. This is expected to enhance the existing online records to include more complete bibliographic information.

The catalogue records will be loaded into the UCLA Library catalogue and also into the OCLC/WorldCat database. This should make them discoverable by internet users worldwide.