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Google Testing Service To Search Local Libraries For Books

Queries to the beta Google Book Search return results in which local libraries carrying the book are listed based on the user's zip code.

Google has added to its service for finding books the ability to search local libraries.

Queries in Google Book Search, which is in beta, automatically include results from the new Library Catalog Search feature, and a "find libraries" link. Clicking on the link sends the user to another page where local libraries carrying the book will be listed, based on the user's zip code.

For example, a search for the 1957 book "Deadline Every Minute" by Joe Alex Morris returned listings for 724 libraries carrying the history of the United Press news agency. The first few libraries were near the San Francisco zip code used.

The index for the new feature includes books from libraries in more than 30 countries, Google said in its company blog. The service also uses information from Google Scholar, which includes a similar feature for scholarly works.

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