Google Books Project

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The institutional members of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) have partnered with Google to digitize millions of bound volumes in their library collections. 

For Northwestern University, this partnership represents an important step to preserve print legacy collections and to provide present-day and future users with broad, in-depth access to historically significant print resources. The initiative will preserve in digital form deteriorating 19th century books included in this project, make historic collections more accessible to scholars, and make the ideas and references within books more discoverable through computerized search capabilities.

The Preservation Department played an active role in the Google Books Project at Northwestern by managing all aspects of the pulling and shipping process and by carefully reviewing all materials before and after shipment to Google. By carefully reviewing material for digitization, the Preservation Department helped maximize the number of items sent for digitization while insuring that physical volumes were maintained in good condition.