Google has announced a partnership with
Google and the municipal library of
Lyonwill make more than 500,000 books available online as part of Google's Book Search Library project.
The Lyon Municipal Library, which is
France's second largest library after the national library in , is the first French library to join the project. It will give internet users access to out-of-copyrights works, searchable through Google Book Search, with the chance to download the full texts from the historic and special collections. Paris
It also includes works in Latin, Italian, English, German and Spanish, which will be added to Google's multilingual index.
Gérard Collomb, senator and mayor of
Lyon, said: "[The decision] allows us to open our library doors to the rest of the world. Digitisation, combined with the increased usage of the internet now allows to preserve collections - with digital copies - while also opening up the possibility for users to access and consult books from a distance".
The Lyon Municipal Library is the 29th library to join the project, which also includes
Oxford University, Harvard University, Stanford Universityand . Princeton University