Google Books Settlement: Selected Resources

We provide this list of selected resources as a service to the University of Michigan community. This list includes a range of perspectives and authorities but is not comprehensive.


The authoritative source for information about the settlement:

  • The official Google Book Settlement site contains extensive information about the Settlement and instructions for opting out. The settlement has been highly publicized; notices were mailed to rights holders on January 5, 2009 and were published in newspapers and magazines. The Google Book Settlement site details those who are included in the settlement and the implications for participating in the class or electing to opt out.

If you only have 15 minutes, this is a very concise summary of the settlement agreement:

  • A Guide for the Perplexed Part III: The Amended Settlement Agreement (Nov. 30, 2009)
    • The American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) released a series of guides to help librarians better understand the revised terms of the Google Book Search Settlement. The first release was A Guide for the Perplexed: Libraries and the Google Library Project Settlement. As a follow up, a second document, “A Guide for the Perplexed Part II: The Amended Google-Michigan Agreement,” provides a concise description of the Google-Michigan amended terms. The third outlines the amended settlement agreement.

Some resources for common questions



Some resources about Google and the University of Michigan Library and University of Michigan Press


Other Resources and Perspectives (by date)




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