Friday, March 05, 2010

Cardiff Books to Stay in Wales

Way back in September 2008 I noted a BBC report on the Cardiff council's plan to sell off a rare book collection, and the stir that plan - justifiably - caused among Welsh academics and others. Now, at last, the BBC reports that a deal has been struck: some 14,000 items will be transferred to the library of Cardiff University, after the university, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales came up with £1.2 million to facilitate the sale. The university plans to digitize selected rare items from the collection and make them available online.

Glad this finally came to a happy conclusion!