Google has announced a partnership with the British Library to digitise 250,000 out of copyright books dating from 1700 – 1780 from the Library’s collection.

Once digitised, these unique books will be available for full text search, download and reading through Google Books, as well as being searchable through the Library’s website and stored in perpetuity within the Library’s digital archive. It is also planned to make the works available via Europeana, the European Digital Library.

Researchers, students and other users of the Library will be able to view historical items from anywhere in the world as well as copy, share and manipulate text for non-commercial purposes.

Recently, the Library announced a partnership with brightsolid to digitise up to 40 million pages of its newspaper collections and previously the Library partnered with Microsoft to digitise 65,000 19th century books, some of which are now available as an App on Apple’s iPad.