Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library

The Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library (MCVL; in Spanish: Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes, BVMC) is a large-scale digital library project, hosted and maintained by the University of Alicante in Alicante, Spain. It comprises the largest open-access repository of digitised Spanish-language historical texts and literature from the Ibero-American world.[1] When officially launched in 1999, the BVMC was the first digital archive of Spanish-language texts on the internet, initially reproducing some 2,000 individual works by 400 of the most significant authors in Spanish, Latin American literary[2] and Hispanic Africa. By 2005–2006 the number of registered and available works had reached over 22,000.


The library is named for Miguel de Cervantes, the famous 16th-century Spanish author and one of the most illustrious names in world literary history.

From its inception in 1999, this library has chosen to apply structural markup based on XML and the TEI encoding scheme for the creation of its documents.[3]


  1. ^ Humbul (2006)
  2. ^ Ibáñez (2006)
  3. ^ Bia, Pedreño (2001)


  • Bia, Alejandro; Pedreño. Andrés (2001). "The Miguel de Cervantes Digital Library: the Hispanic voice on the Web" (PDF). Literary and Linguistic Computing. Oxford University Press. 16 (2): 161–177. doi:10.1093/llc/16.2.161. ISSN 0268-1145. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-24.
  • Humbul Humanities Hub (March 2006). "Internet Resources for Modern Languages" (PDF online publication). Intute Subject Booklets. Intute. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  • Ibáñez, Ana (July 29, 1999). "La Universidad de Alicante crea la primera biblioteca virtual en español". ABC (in Spanish). Madrid: Grupo Vocento. Archived from the original (PDF online facsimile) on 2006-05-20. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  • Pastor Seva, Pedro; Manuel Marco Such; Pedro Pernías Peco (1999). "Exploitatión de la Biblioteca Virtual "Miguel de Cervantes" en un ambiente de enseñanza colaborativa distribuida". In Lic. José Joaquín Villegas; et al. (eds.). El estudiante de la educación a distancia en la perspectiva de un nuevo milenio: memoria, vol. 2. X Congreso Internacional sobre Technologia y Educación a Distancia, San José, Costa Rica, 1999 (in Spanish). San José: Inter-American Distance Education Consortium; Editorial Universidad Estatal a Distancia. pp. 488–496. ISBN 9968-31-066-2. OCLC 46970262.

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