CatholicLibrary.org was originally designed for academic use, and contains some 700,000 plus pages of Catholic texts comprised of over 5500 works. A similar database (using identical technology - there is always a story) would cost most institutions many thousands of dollars a year, and likely tens of thousands for most larger instututions. We have opted for the open access model in part because many years ago, before we first started the site, we talked with the well-known database providers in this field — but they wanted to break our content into smaller databases to maximize profit, something we found antithetical to our goals. We instead aim to maximize reach and create advanced interfaces, allowing for new modes of interaction with primary texts.
The primary university contribution to CatholicLibrary.org will generally be through the library. This could include adding MARC records to your catalogue, adding a link in your databases section, and funding further development through a 'donation subscription' based on your FTE. Please see the library page for more information. We note that most projects of this type are primarily funded through institutional contributions, and your support is critical.
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