The British Library has entered into an agreement with Google to allow users to to “view, search and copy the out-of-copyright works at no charge. Google will also make the books available on its site.”
This move will make access to one of the world’s largest collections of books, journals, newspapers, manuscripts, videos, playwrights among others.
The national library of the United Kingdom, the British council is one of the largest libraries in the world with over 150m items from every country, written civilization and almost all known languages in many formats.
As a legal deposit library, the British Library receives copies of all books produced in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, including a significant proportion of overseas titles distributed in the UK. It also has a programme for content acquisitions. The British Library adds some three million items every year occupying 11 kilome tres of new shelf space.