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Question Posed by Library User:

Why didn't Google put scanners on-site to reduce shipping costs and the time that books are out of circulation?

Excellent question! The scanning centers have a very large number of machines and operators. Google feels that this is a more efficient and quality-controlled model, even taking into account shipping costs, than having smaller localized centers.

If someone needs a book while it's out for scanning, they can place a hold on the item and they'll be notified when it's returned. Another option is to request a copy of the book through Interlibrary Loan: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/services/getting-materials/interlibrary-loan