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Where to Find our Books

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.
Supports computational
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

Full view volumes only: UC affiliates may login
and download via PDF, EPUB, Text (.txt), Text (.zip), or Image (JPEG). Anyone may download
1 page at a time via PDF, .txt, or image (JPEG)  

Everyone may download public domain volumes.

Format: PDF, EPUB

Depends on policy of contributing institution.

Format: Varies

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.