Treasure trove: Artefacts only a click of a mouse away
From the oldest surviving copy of the four gospels to 'Korans' from Islam's greatest calligraphers, the treasures of the Chester Beatty Library are now just the click of a mouse away.
The Dublin library is hoping to reach tourists, scholars and students around the world after launching its new searchable database of high-resolution images.
Already 2,000 objects from the library's 20,000-piece collection are online, with more being added each day.
Fionnuala Croke, the library's director, said: "Whether you're a school child in Ireland or a scholar in Japan you will now be able to engage with the collections and the only requirement is to have an internet connection."