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Northwestern University Library recently launched the public access interface for its book digitization initiative, The Mounting Books Project. NORTHWESTERN BOOKS allows you to read and explore entire books online. The digitized books are linked from the library's online catalog, NUCat. You may also access the site directly to search the full text by keyword.

Currently, there are over 167 books available online. If you are a faculty member who would like to request that an entire book be digitized, please contact for more information. Each book goes through a screening process to make sure it is a good fit for the digitized collection. The copyright status, size and condition of the book are evaluated for each request.

Repository Architect, Steve DiDomenico and Kirtas Production Specialist, Paul Clough presented Northwestern Books at a recent event of the Scholarly Resources and Technology Series.

NORTHWESTERN BOOKS is now in beta release and will officially launch at the end of June. More about the project history and scope (from

Northwestern University Library (NUL) uses a Kirtas automated book scanner and the services of external vendors to reformat brittle books, digitize special collections, and fulfill targeted patron digitization requests. Prior to 2007, however, the Library lacked a mechanism for making digital book facsimiles available online. In fall 2007, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded NUL a one-year grant to develop software to gather page scans, apply book structure, prepare OCR and JPEG2000 derivatives, generate technical and preservation metadata, submit these book objects to a Fedora repository, and present a public book viewer with both page turning and search capabilities. The public book viewing site, Northwestern Books (, became available in beta preview on April 6, 2009. The software developed through the Mellon-funded Mounting Books project will be available for download as open source on June 1, 2009.

Kirtas Production Specialist, Paul Clough operates the Kirtas book scanner.

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