The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2240  Thursday, 27 November 2003

From:           Thomas Larque <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 26 Nov 2003 13:50:21 -0000
Subject:        Re: LION

>Which brings me to another question. I hate to be a beggar, but can
>anyone suggest to me how an independent scholar [neither attending nor
>teaching at a university] can access EEBO or LION? Benefactors please
>reply off-list.

I would ask anybody who does have an answer to this question to reply
onlist.  Bill Lloyd is not alone in wishing that he had access to LION.
I *am* a student at a University, but frustratingly - after salivating
for months over the prospect of finally getting my hands on LION - I
found that University of Kent had cancelled its subscription just before
I arrived, due to a hefty hike in the prices by LION.

One possibility for British scholars and those who are able to visit
Britain is the British Library, which provides access to LION for all
readers, but it is difficult to get a British Library ticket.  If you
are not a Postgraduate Research student or lecturer, you have to prove
during an interview that you are involved in private scholarly research
and that nobody else can provide the books that you wish to access
(wanting access to LION seems not to be a good enough reason for access
to at least some of the BL staff, although perhaps they just need to
have it explained to them that it is a library in itself).

If Bill Lloyd is an independent scholar who works towards publication,
and who wants to access rare and unusual texts - as seems to be the case
from his message - he might well be able to persuade the British Library
to let him have a temporary ticket for a month or three (they do not
give out yearly tickets to independents) and will have access to LION in
that time.

If anybody else has any suggestions, then I am sure there are many of us
who would love to hear them.  "Tis charity to show".

Thomas Larque.
"Shakespeare and His Critics"       "British Shakespeare Association"
http://shakespearean.org.uk           http://britishshakespeare.ws

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