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Google Books Project at Penn State


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Lisa German
Associate Dean for Collections Information and Access Services
510 Paterno Library
University Park, PA 16802

Ann Snowman
Head, Access Services
208-B Paterno Library
University Park, PA 16802

Mike Furlough
Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communications
510 Paterno Library
University Park, PA 16802

About the Google Books Project


The Google Books Project at Penn State


The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC)

"Headquartered in the Midwest, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) is a consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago. For half a century, these 12 world-class research institutions have advanced their academic missions, generated unique opportunities for students and faculty, and served the common good by sharing expertise, leveraging campus resources, and collaborating on innovative programs. Governed and funded by the Provosts of the member universities, CIC mandates are coordinated by a staff from its Champaign, Illinois headquarters."

- CIC website



"HathiTrust was conceived as a collaboration of the thirteen universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the University of California system to establish a repository for these universities to archive and share their digitized collections. Partnership is open to all who share this grand vision."

- HathiTrust website


Google Book Search

"Google Book Search was launched in 2004 to make the world’s books easier to find. By visiting, readers can search across millions of books that have been digitized through our Partner Program and Library Project. When readers search Google or Google Book Search, we are able to provide a list of relevant books that might match their search. We then may display varying portions of those books based on their copyright status or what the copyright holder has allowed.

In the Library Project, libraries all over the world provide us with books from their collections to digitize. Users can read and download the entirety of out-of-copyright books. For in-copyright books, readers can view bibliographic information about the book and, generally, a few snippets of text showing their search term in context. We also direct readers to libraries near them where the book can be found or places, like used book stores, where the book might be bought."

- Google Book Search website