The principal objective of Europeana Regia is to reconstruct, in the form of a virtual library, the most important European royal collections of documents from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.
This project will provide a means for researchers and the general public to access these rare and precious documents, through platforms such as Gallica, Belgica, Manuscripta Mediaevalia and Europeana, by 2012.
Managed by the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), Europeana Regia unites five European libraries - the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich (BSB), the Universitat de València Biblioteca Històrica (BHUV), the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuttel (HAB) and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België – Bibliothèque royale de Belgique (KBR) - and concerns almost nine hundred manuscripts that are representative of the political, cultural and artistic history of Europe.
This project focuses on three sets of manuscripts which are currently dispersed among different member States: Carolingian manuscripts, the manuscripts of the library at the Louvre in the time of Charles V and Charles VI, and the library of the Aragonese Kings of Naples. In addition, the project covers a number of complementary actions, such as the definition of procedures to be followed by the partner libraries (digitisation, organisation of metadata, multilingualism), the compilation of metadata through cataloguing and indexation, and the digitisation process itself.