BBC News 12 April 2012
Dr Leonard Polonsky said his aim was to ensure researchers and the public have free access to historic and rare texts.
Greek manuscripts, 15th Century printed books and Hebrew early printed books and manuscripts will be digitised.
The three subjects were chosen "for the strength of the collections in both libraries and their importance for scholarship in their respective fields", a Bodleian spokeswoman said.
The libraries say the digitisation will "virtually unite" materials that have been dispersed between the two collections over the past few centuries.
Sarah Thomas, Bodley's librarian, said: "Transforming these ancient texts and images into digital form helps transcend the limitations of time and space, which have in the past restricted access to knowledge.
"Scholars will be able to interrogate these documents in fresh approaches as a result of their online availability."
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