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Find, Use, Peruse: Google Books!

Discover what is in Google Books and learn how to search it more efficiently.

Building Your Library

Creating a personalized library allows you to organize, review, rate, and search a customized selection of books! However, in order to access and build your library you must sign into your Google account. Don't have an account? Not a problem! It only takes a few seconds to create an account.


How To...

Once you have located a book of interest you now have the option of placing it on a bookshelf in your library. Just hover over “Add to my library” tab at the top of the page and select which shelf you would like to add a book to. 

In order to view your library, click on “My library” on the left hand side of the page. This will allow you to navigate through your bookshelves.


Google provides you with a number of default bookshelves, from your browsing history to books you are currently reading or plan to read, and even recommended books based on your past searches and what is currently in your library.

Opening a particular bookshelf allows you to better manage that shelf. You can do this simply by clicking on the shelf title. It is here that you can delete books, add personal notes about book, and change how your books are displayed.

You may also create your own bookshelves by simply clicking on the tab on the left hand side of the page. It is not until you add a book to a newly created shelf that it will display in your virtual library.

Libraries can be shared or made private. The on the right hand side of the page allows you to change this status by choosing "edit properties" from the pull down menu. 


Bookshelves that are set to 'public' are visible to friends who know the URL of your collection, so once you've built a collection, you can share it with them by sending them a link to your library in Google Books!

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