For those with an interest in medieval manuscripts, the digital library e-codices will be a welcome boon. First launched in 2005, e-codices bills itself as the "Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland" and provides visitors with "free online access to medieval and early modern manuscripts from public and church-owned collections as well as from numerous private collections." Here, visitors will find more than 2,200 digitized manuscripts, totaling more than 800,000 pages, from approximately 100 participating libraries and collections. Several collections are highlighted on the main page, and the Browse & Search section allows visitors to filter the e-codices collections by numerous fields, such as the text language, document type, and whether it is illuminated. While few of the manuscripts were originally written in English, all static pages and basic metadata on the e-codices website are available in English, as well as German, French, and Italian. The e-codices project was founded by its director Christoph Flueler, a professor of Manuscript Studies and Medieval Latin at the University of Fribourg. Since 2013, e-codices has been part of the initiative "Scientific information: Access, processing and safeguarding," which is a national program of swissuniversities, the umbrella organization for universities in Switzerland.
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