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On December 5th The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, TD,  launched a new website ( which will give online access to Chester Beatty Library’s world-renowned collections.

The expanded site includes extensive information on exhibitions and public programmes and a new searchable database of high-resolution digital images from the museum’s collection.  Online digitised artworks and manuscripts means anyone, anywhere can see the Chester Beatty’s masterpieces, some thousands of years old, face-to-face in high-resolution.

The new website launches with almost 2000 objects from the Chester Beatty’s collections digitised – the project is ongoing and more images will be added on a daily basis. These images, which include scholarly catalogue records, are now available online for students, scholars, researchers and the general public. Images can be downloaded from the website for non-commercial use, free of charge.  The new website and online repository will bring considerable benefits for researchers and educators.

Minister Madigan said: “The Chester Beatty Library, like many libraries and museums the world over cannot exhibit its entire collection at any one time.  Digitisation provides a means for greater access to whole collections, not just those currently on display. This is an enormous benefit to both the scholar and the school child alike.”AN RIONN

Chester Beatty, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, D02 AD92
Tel: (+353 1) 407 0750

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