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SUL Books in the Public Domain  

About the Collection

SULAIR staff analyzed Stanford circulation records for books published before 1923, and thus in the public domain, to identify older titles with the highest circulation. For these older "top circulators" we assessed the feasability of quick digitization. Material found to be fragile, or part of a large set that could not be accomodated in an initial pilot program, was not digitized at this time. Since the major criterion is Stanford readers' needs as expressed directly by past circulation records, we have not made any attempt in this pilot project to assess whether other editions might be preferred for other reasons. Our goal is to provide Stanford readers with a digital option for some public domain materials that have been high use in the past. We plan to expand this effort in the future, and we welcome comments from readers.