Online library services

It is anticipated that by 2020, 90% of newly published UK research material will be available in electronic format.  Yet only 50% of this material will be available in print.  The increasing popularity of digital material threatens to change the way we consume knowledge.  This has implications for libraries, as the traditional process of borrowing printed material is challenged by new ways to access and read information. 

Many libraries now run online services, where users can access their collections on the internet.  The British Library, for example, has digitised over 100,000 19th-century books. 

Google Books is an online resource that allows users to view 7 million books for free.  Its texts can be previewed, read online, borrowed from a library or downloaded as PDFs.  Simply search for your desired book and enter your location, and Google Books will list local libraries that hold a copy of your book. 

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