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Austrian National Library goes Google: book inventory made available online

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July 8, 2010

The Austrian National Library (ÖNB) has entered into a partnership with Google. In the coming years, about 400,000 works will become available online and free of charge. The US technology group will digitize the copyright-free inventory – 120 million pages of works from the 16th to the mid-19th century. By collaborating with Google, the ÖNB is following the example of renowned international libraries. The libraries of universities such as Harvard, Stanford or Oxford have been cooperating with Google for several years. Google will bear the entire cost of digitization. The ÖNB will meet the quite considerable costs of preparing and making available the publications as well as of storing and making accessible the digitized material.