The University of Virginia has signed onto the Google Books Library Project, The Book Standard reports. With more than three million books and 17 million rare books and archival collections, UVa is certainly an important addition.
President John Casteen said "This is a historic moment. When Jefferson designed the University, he placed the library at its center - both physically and academically. Reading and the quest for knowledge were all-important to him. Reaching out into the world - what we now call Globalization - was central to his vision of what an American university must do to promote the knowledge that sustains personal freedom. To have the library that is the clearest single emblem of this vision now assume a role in a vast, international digital library has special meaning here. It puts a distinctly contemporary meaning to our founder's dream of making knowledge accessible to all people."