Sunday, 3 February 2008

End of free online access to The Times

If you have been using the Bedfordshire Virtual Library's online access to The Times newspaper, the bad news is that the game is up!!! As of tomorrow (Mon 4 FEB), the library will no longer be giving access to its online Times collection, the Infotrac newspaper and journals collection, and the Gale Virtual Reference Library, unless you are a resident in Bedfordshire. This is because it has been brought to the library's attention that by giving universal access to its site to non-Bedfordshire residents, the library has actually been in breach of its licensing agreement with Cengage, the supplier.

Many local authorities have their own version of such an agreement, and so it is worth contacting your local library to see whether thay may have access. Alternatively, digitised editions of the Times from 1785 tto 1820 can be accessed for a premium at


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