The Virtual Library of Historical Newspapers is now one of the main digitization projects being carried out in Spain, with significant international importance in terms of both its size and features.
The project is the result of cooperation between the Directorate General of Books, Archives and Libraries -through the Subdirectorate General for Library Coordination- and Autonomous Regions and scientific and cultural institutions including universities, municipalities, foundations athenaeums and even newspapers publishers with origins dating back to 19th and the beginning of the last century.
The database includes almost 2000 headlines from 45 libraries, with 3,906,000 pages from 140 places where newspapers were printed.
Most of collections are unique and highly interesting to researchers and general public. They are from the last years of the eighteenth century and about a wide range of subjects.
15 Autonomous Regions are represented in the database -Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, Canary Islands, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla & Leon, Catalonia, Madrid, Region of Valencia, Extremadura, Galicia, Balearic Islands, La Rioja, Basque country and Region of Murcia-, 45 provinces and 140 towns. The Ministry of Culture is going to include gradually collections from other Autonomous Regions and provinces that at the present still are not represented.