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British Library contents to be made available on Google

20 June 2011 Last updated at 15:50 BST

Thousands of pages from one of the world's biggest collections of historic books are to be made available on the internet for the first time.

The British Library has reached a deal with the search engine, Google, which will allow people to view, search and copy books, pamphlets and periodicals dating back to the 18th century.

Rory Cellan-Jones reports.