The National Library of Israel and Google Together Will Digitize 120,000 Historic Books and Place Them Online

I suspect that at least some of these books will provide names and other information about families, especially those families that have been dispersed by the Holocaust.

The National Library of Israel (NLI) and Google have announced that 120,000 books from the library’s collection will be uploaded to Google Books for the first time as part of their collaboration.

The books that are expected to be uploaded will, according to NLI, include all of the library’s out-of-copyright, royalty-free books which have not yet been digitized. Around 45% of the books are written in Hebrew script, in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and other languages of the Jewish world. The rest of the works are in a variety of languages, including Latin, German, French, Arabic and Russian.

The books are transported from Jerusalem’s NLI to Google’s digitation center in Germany via Rotterdam in secured, climate-controlled shipping containers. With thousands of books being shipped, scanned and shipped back each month, the process is expected to be completed within two years.

You can read more in an article by Leon Sverdlov in The Jerusalem Post at:

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If anyone finds a link to the list of the holdings that are expected to be part of this digitization project, it would be helpful if it could be posted on this blog!


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