National Library of Israel Working with Google Uploads 120,000 Books Online #israel

Jan Meisels Allen


The National Library of Israel (NLI) working with Google, are uploading 120,000 historic books online opening access to these books to audiences across the globe. The books include all of the NLI out-of-copyright, royalty-free books that have not yet been digitized. Just less than half are written in Hebrew script, in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and other languages of the Jewish world. The rest are in Latin, German. French, Arabic and Russian.


It is expected to take 2 years to complete the project with transporting the books to Google’s digitization center in Germany.  Each month books, will be shipped, scanned and shipped back to Israel.

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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee