Friday, January 30, 2015

Google Book Scanning Project begins at the Moritz Law Library

Did you know that Ohio State is among a select group of “Big 10” and other major research universities participating with Google in a major book scanning project that first launched nearly a decade ago?   The Google Books Library Project is the largest project of its kind ever undertaken to digitize printed materials in academic research libraries.  OSU began pulling and sending books from campus libraries two years ago and now it’s the Law Library’s turn to participate.  Out-of-copyright books in the public domain (published pre-1923) have been identified for the project.   Books will be unavailable to patrons for a period of about eight weeks, while they are in transit and being scanned at a facility out-of-state.  If you have a question or need an item right away, please contact the Circulation staff who can assist with locating a copy through interlibrary loan.
Digital copies of the scanned books eventually will be made available to users through a digital archive known as the HathiTrust that currently stores some 10.6 million volumes.  The Ohio State University Moritz Law Library will be credited as the source of the original for all scanned items.  For further information on the Google Books Library Project involving OSU and other universities that are part of the CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation) consortium, go to: