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National Library of Poland and Jagiellonian Library

Project background

National Library of Poland and Jagiellonian Library
  • Customer National Library of Poland and Jagiellonian Library
  • Date 2017
  • Country Poland
  • Fields of application Cultural Heritage
  • Project Digitization of the collections of Poland’s National library and its oldest academic library, the Jagiellonian University of Krakow
  • Work performed Digitization of rare and fragile collections

The project 

Patrimonium is a joint project of the two largest libraries in Poland, the National Library of Poland in Warsaw and the Jagiellonian Library in Krakow, aiming to the digitization and integration of their most valuable collections into a single online platform. 

i2S products

In the framework of the Patrimonium project, both institutions launched seperate tender procedures in 2017 and acquired several digitization equipments from i2S including several CopiBook (A2 format), Quartz A1 HD and Quartz A0 HD (A1 and A0 large format book scanners) and CopiBook V-Shape scanners (2x A2 and 2x A1 V-Shape book scanners). 

The realization of the project

By 2020, as we approached the conclusion of the three-year project, one million objects had been digitized as part of the project including manuscripts, early printed books, newspapers, periodicals, maps, engravings, sheet music, ephemera, postcards and photographs. 

Digitized collections are published on the Polish digital library known as POLONA. 

The National Library of Poland is now the largest digitization centre in Poland and one of the most important in Europe. 

For more information, we invite you to visit the following webpages concerning the project : https://www.bn.org.pl/projekty/patrimonium or https://bj.uj.edu.pl/projekty/patrimonium1 or https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/projects/Poland/making-polands-heritage-accessible-to-everyone

i2S Advantages 

Image quality : the scanner offered had to comply with several image quality requirements (spatial resolution, color reproduction, depth of field, etc.) and image samples had to be provided (such as QA62 test targets) for the tenders to ensure compliance to the highest levels of image quality standard. 

Productivity : not only image quality was evaluated but also productivity. Featuring a high productivity and real-time preview, the CopiBook OS A2 scanner offered the best compromise in terms of image quality and productivity for scanning A2 formats. For large format book scanners, the total cycle time was evaluated taking into consideration not only scanning time and saving time but also the general ergonomics offered by the scanner.

Document care : many collections being old and fragile, the need for digitization equipments ensuring gentle handling of valuable collections was also of paramount importance. The CopiBook V-Shape scanners, allowing the digitization of large bound materials up to 2x A1 opened at 120 degrees were selected by Jagiellonian Library for the digitization of old and fragile collections that requested digitization at a restricted opening angle

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