Catalogue of Winchester College Fellows’ Library added to Copac

We’re pleased to announce that the records of Winchester College Fellows’ Library have been added to Copac.

Interior of the Winchester College Fellows' Library

Interior of the Winchester College Fellows’ Library

The Fellows’ Library is the historic book collection of Winchester College, a school founded by William of Wykeham in 1382. The library was established at the beginning of the 15th century and contains several manuscripts given by the founder and other early benefactors. A considerable part of the collection (in excess of 1,000 volumes) was acquired before 1700, though the majority entered the library in the 18th and 19th centuries. It now contains around 12,000 items. There are 40 medieval manuscripts, 52 incunabula, c.800 16th century editions, and c. 2,000 editions from each of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The library also houses a collection of 20th century artists’ books and modern fine printing. There is a substantial reference collection of works on Winchester College and the history of the book. Particular strengths of the collection are Bibles and theology, English literature of the 15th to 18th centuries, English travel books and maps, early scientific books, and Wiccamica (books by Old Wykehamists or relating to the history of the school). The library is open to researchers by appointment.

You can find out more about the library, including contact details, on their Copac information page. To browse the library’s records, select the Main Search tab on Copac and choose ‘Winchester College’ from the list of libraries.

You can also browse Winchester’s records in the Jisc Library Hub Discover pilot service here. You can find out more about the Discover pilot service on the About page. If you wish to send us feedback or suggestions about the Discover pilot service, please use the feedback link at the bottom of the Help page.

Introducing the Jisc Library Hub Discover pilot service

At the end of July 2019 Copac and SUNCAT will be replaced by the new Jisc Library Hub Discover service. This will continue to be freely available to everyone and will enable you to find details and locations of resources across the UK.

A pilot service has been launched so please try out the the new pilot Library Hub Discover interface and provide us with feedback:

The interface is still being developed so please use the feedback link towards the end of each page to comment on the service as it changes and as new features are introduced.

The main differences in the new service will be:

  • A much wider range of libraries will be contributing to the Library Hub Discover service, including many more UK University libraries. So if you are a member of a UK university there is a good chance your own library will be a contributor, allowing you to see your local library materials as well as those of other institutions.
  • The search interface is being redesigned, retaining many of the basic features of Copac and SUNCAT, but with a new look and feel and with new facilities planned, including the ability to filter search results by a range of criteria.

As part of the development process we are reviewing feedback from our user survey last year as well as taking note of all the comments we get from events and directly through the web site. So please take the opportunity to see what is happening and comment on changes as the interface is developing.

Note: This is a pilot service so many things are not yet complete:

  • The Library Hub Discover database is not complete and we are loading new contributing library catalogues each week. Once added the data is being maintained, although not all libraries are currently sending regular updates. You can see which libraries are included so far on the Library Hub Discover – About page.
  • The interface is still quite basic, more search facilities and other features will be added as work continues; the latest changes will be highlighted on the search screen.

The Library Hub Discover service is part of a wider programme of work to enhance existing Jisc library support services and bring them together in a way that makes them easier to work with. Library Hub Discover is one of the first pilots to be released along with the Library Hub Cataloguing service, with Library Hub Compare to follow. There is more information about the Jisc Transforming Library Support Services work on the TLSS project blog.