Terms of use for Google Books


This page states the terms and conditions surrounding the British Library’s out of copyright books which have been digitised by Google.

British Library collection items digitised by Google are recognisable by the wording 'Terms of Use for Google Books'. 

You may copy, download and print these books for personal study or education-related non-commercial purposes.

Commercial re-use and download, and/or any further distribution or republishing (commercial or non-commercial, digital or on paper) is not permitted. It is not allowed to copy the books digitised by Google beyond the permissions provided for in these Terms of Use.

For any form of use other than permitted by these terms of use, you will need permission of the British Library and Google.

Collection guides

The King's Library

The collection of George III includes thousands of books and pamphlets

Scandinavian printed collections

One of the richest collections of books from the Scandinavian countries

Russian avant-garde collections

An extensive collection of avant-garde books of the early 20th century

French Revolutionary Tracts

50,000 books, pamphlets and periodicals printed in France between the 1780s and 1840s

French printed collections

Incunabula, books, journals, maps and music

Italian printed collections

Our Italian collections cover all periods and a wide variety of subjects

Digitised printed books (18th-19th century)

Over 60,000 out-of-copyright digitised books from the 18th and 19th century available for viewing, search, download and digital research.

German printed collections

Early and modern material printed in the German-speaking countries

Garrick Collection of English Plays

David Garrick's collection of 16th and 17th-century printed plays

Philip Larkin

Philip Larkin collection of books

Spanish printed collections

Includes 16,600 Spanish books published before 1801

Modern Greek printed collections

One of the world's finest collections of Greek and Cyprus imprints

Portuguese printed collections

Contemporary and antiquarian material, including 225 books published in Portugal before 1601

Dutch printed collections

Publications covering a wide range of subjects and periods from the Dutch-speaking territories

Thomason Tracts

A key source for the English Civil War in the mid-17th century