Digitized heritage collections

Simurg is the portal where the digitized CSIC’s heritage collections meet according to the CSIC's Digitalization Master Plan. The name of Simurg is that of the immortal bird that according to Persian mythology nests in the branches of Science tree.


The CSIC Libraries and Archives Network carries out a policy of digitization of bibliographic or archival materials following internationally accepted standards so that they can be searched by potential users anywhere in the world and that the originals are kept in the best possible conditions, reducing their handling.

Digitized heritage collections

Since 2008 these actions have been framed in the different CSIC’s strategic plans, giving rise to Simurg, Digitalized Funds of the CSIC. To date more than 100 projects had been managed with more than 1,300,000 images of a great variety of documents (manuscripts, old prints, photographs, music sheet, maps, etc.). Simurg content has been harvested since 2015 by Hispana, the Spanish aggregator of digital content, and since 2017 by EuropeanaAccess to Simurg