Google Book Search & Libraries

Anna Karenina Search on Google Book Search

I read over on that Google Book Search was including Find in Library links so I went to Google Book Search and did a search for my handy “PHP Cookbook” – no library links – then I did a search for “Anna Karenina” – no library links. What am I missing?

Bruno Fonseca at the Official Google Blog says:

Today, we’re launching the Library Catalog Search feature in Google Book Search, designed to help casual readers and bookworms everywhere find gems in the libraries around the world. Queries on Google Book Search will automatically include results from library catalogs when appropriate. Each result includes a “Find Libraries” link to help readers find libraries that hold the book — ideally a library nearby, or if need be, a library far away.

Does that mean my searches weren’t appropriate? What is an appropriate search?

Anyway, I like the idea, I just wish I could actually see it in action.

[update] I clicked on advanced search and saw a library catalogs option – but that may have always been there – is that what they were talking about? [/update]


  1. I just tried the search after reading your post. You have to click on one of the results and go to the google books page. The “Find in Library” link is on the left side under “Get this book”.

  2. Thanks, but that post was made in 2006 … things have changed a lot since then 🙂 glad you found it today.


  3. Sorry Nicole,

    I got this in my RSS feed only yesterday and did not check the date of the post! I apologize!

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