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Mass Digitization

Mass Digitization of UC Library Collections

Since 2005, UC libraries have digitized millions of books through participation in mass digitization projects with Google and Internet Archive. As of early 2019, eight of ten UC campuses and both Regional Library Facilities have participated in these system-wide mass digitization efforts.

The mass digitization of UC library collections gives students, faculty, researchers, and the public expanded access to knowledge, and helps UC meet these goals:

  • Enhance student and faculty research by increasing awareness, discovery, and access to UC’s collections.
  • Open new fields of academic inquiry and scholarship, for example by enabling computational textual analysis of digitized content.
  • Fulfill our public service mission by opening access to works in the public domain.
  • Ensure long term availability of UC collections by preserving, protecting, and efficiently managing content.
Painting of a river and Half Dome mountain.
Half Dome of Yosemite, Henry Sugimoto. Courtesy of Japanese American National Museum.

Items digitized as of January 2019

  • 747,035 full view volumes
  • 4,423,535 volumes
  • 1,459,766,550 pages

If all 4,423,535 volumes were stacked end-to-end, they’d reach the height of 520 Half Domes!

Mass Digitization Team

Ewing, RenataDigitization Projects Coordinator
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Fogel, PaulManager, Mass Digitization
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Stine, KathrynManager, Digital Content Development and Strategy
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