The University of Warwick

Provide better access to your special collections

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Dr. Michael Scott, Classics, working in the University of Warwick library. Photo by David Wilson.

"We selected CONTENTdm for its versatility in the types of media that it could handle, the speed at which a collection could be built up and its value for the money."

Stuart Hunt
Data Services Manager, The University of Warwick

Many libraries and archives have special collections only available to a small number of students and researchers, who have to leaf through old, fragile manuscripts to find what they want. When libraries digitize these collections, they are not only preserved, but they are also made available to researchers worldwide 24/7.

The University of Warwick's Marandet Collection of 4,000 late 18th- and 19th-century French plays is one of the most significant collections of its kind. The university needed this collection to be digitized to preserve the manuscripts, to improve their visibility and to widen users' access to create a truly international collection. "We've used CONTENTdm® to make available materials that were hidden in the past by digitizing content and putting it online through the software itself. It has provided access to things people couldn't find before or perhaps only specialists knew about," said Stuart Hunt, the Data Services Manager at The University of Warwick.

"CONTENTdm made it easy to quickly establish a digital presence for selected parts of our special collections. It is an essential tool in increasing the visibility of our research collections in French Revolutionary and post-Revolutionary drama."

CONTENTdm offers a complete solution for storing, managing and delivering a library's digital collections to the Web. "It is very easy to get started, to get content online and to make it accessible and usable," Stuart said.

"Our use of CONTENTdm is really integral to what we call the Warwick Digital Library; it is an essential ingredient," Stuart added. "It is the way that we will continue to make an increasing amount of material available, particularly our own collections. So I would say our usage will grow over time exponentially."

Services used by The University of Warwick


WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway


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Library at a glance

  • Serves more than 16,000 students
  • Includes one main and three satellite libraries
  • Holds the Marandet Collection of historic French plays, including more than 300 Revolutionary dramas and more than 100 Empire plays

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