We're celebrating an important milestone: Google has digitized one million books from member libraries of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation  (CIC). The CIC is the consortium of the Big Ten member universities and the University of Chicago.
While Google preserves library books in digital form, and makes them more accessible to more people as a result, it also sends participating libraries (at no cost to us) digital copies for our own archives or other non-commercial use. Accordingly, the CIC libraries are making hundreds of thousands of the recently digitized public domain volumes accessible through their partnership with the HathiTrust  Digital Library.
The CIC became Google's 16th Library Project  partner in June 2007 . Google Books has now partnered with more than 40 libraries and scanned more than 15 million books worldwide. Books that have only been available for use within the walls of our libraries have found new readers now that they are open to the world. Some examples of CIC titles available for reading include: An Unwritten Account of a Spy of Washington , published in 1892; The 1901 Pipe and Quid: An Essay on Tobacco ; and The Sun: a familiar description of his phaenomena , published in 1885.
While we are pausing to celebrate this moment with Google today, we have a long way to go. In fact, CIC libraries have agreed to provide as many as 10 million volumes to this ambitious project!