Google Book Project Adds UC to Its Library Roster

California joins Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, the University of Michigan and the New York Public Library in the Google Book Search project. It is known that The University of California holds 100 libraries on 10 campuses across the state and ranks as the largest research and academic library in the world.

Reports says that Google is working with the U.S. Library of Congress on a similar effort, For Google, the new momentum for its Book Search Project is the latest in a string of high-profile deals it has announced over the past week in which it signed a major search and advertising contract with News Corp., the owner of MySpace.com, and a video advertising and delivery deal with Viacom, owner of MTV, were amongst the people who has a done deal with the search engine mammoth.

Jennifer Colvin, a spokeswoman for the University of California’s digital library arm, said “We know that we will be digitizing several million volumes but not the entire 34 million.”

Google Books product manager Adam Smith confirmed that the project would scan books numbering “in the millions,” but declined to offer specific targets in terms of the number of books or the scope of financing Google planned to provide. The Google Book Search project was a far larger in scope than its undertaking with the Yahoo-Microsoft funded group.