After developing and establishing a complex work flow, the digitization work finally started at the beginning of 2008. Over one million copyright-free books found their way to the web in this manner. In 2014, the main part of the work had been accomplished – the volumes were available to everybody, around the clock and regardless of location.
Today, ten years later, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek offers over two million volumes online, thus holding the largest digital data stock of all German libraries. The project has been expanded in the meantime, also including holdings of the state libraries in Regensburg, Passau and Augsburg, which are subordinated organisationally to the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.
On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the cooperation, a virtual exhibition gives a small and varied – if certainly not representative – insight into the holdings digitized by Google. We hope you enjoy exploring and discovering the world of old books.
Books to the web