Google Books recently announced a deal with the British Library to open its national library collection to Google Books. This makes them the fifth European national library to do so in the past few years.

InfoToday brought this news to our attention in their article, “The British Library Joins Google Books.” The project will encompass up to 40 million digitized pages and include 250,000 books and documents published between 1700 and 1870.

The Library is committed to a policy of opening access to anyone who wants to do research. Both the Library and Google are committed to broad access, but there are still some access issues. Available for full-text searching, downloading, reading, sharing, and manipulating, just remember it is available only for “non-commercial purposes.”

Melody K. Smith

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