UC’s digitized books and serials can be discovered and accessed through our partners’ online collections:
Note: numbers are approximations.
|Collection Features||HathiTrust||Google Books||Digital Public Library of America||Internet Archive Texts|
|Total Volumes||17+ million||40 million||19+ million||21+ million|
|Reading Access||38% of volumes||Public domain volumes and snippets||100% of volumes||100% of volumes|
|UC Volumes||4.5 million UC volumes scanned by Google, Internet Archive and UC campuses||4.2 million UC volumes scanned by Google||513K UC volumes (via HathiTrust)||200K UC volumes|
|Content Types||Books, serials||Books, serials||Books, serials, maps, photos, documents||Books, serials, texts|
|Content Origin||From over 60 (mostly U.S.) research libraries||From Google’s Library and Publisher Project partners||From U.S. libraries, archives and museums||From Internet Archive partners or uploaded by users|
|Highlights||Great for historical and genealogical research.
research for UC researchers via HTRC
Greatest breadth of content.
Snippet views in search results.
At least 20% of text available for reading in Publisher Project partner volumes.
Browse by timeline, map, language and subject.
Includes topical Exhibitions.
Includes “digitize and lend volumes”. Has read-aloud feature.
Great for reuse of book images.
|Download Access||UC affiliates may login
and download full
view volumes.Everyone may download
1 page at a time.Format: PDF
Everyone may download public domain volumes.
Format: PDF, ePub
Depends on policy of contributing institution.
Everyone may download full versions of all volumes.
Format: Many options available
|Fun Feature||HathiTrust Bookworm||Google Books Ngram Viewer||DPLA’s API and open data can be used to create fun Apps||Book Image search on Flickr|
Accessing UC’s Digitized Books
UC strives to provide as wide access to our digital collections as possible; however, access to UC’s digitized volumes is often restricted due to copyright law, both within and outside the United States.
Learn more about factors that can impact accessing and using UC’s digitized books.