Frequently Asked Questions: UC Library Reprints
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the UC Library Reprints service?
- Where can I find UC’s reprints on the web?
- How does this service work?
- What kinds of books are available to order?
- Where did these books come from?
- What are the goals of the reprints service? How does it benefit the University of California?
- Is access to the service different for the general public than it is for our faculty, staff, and students?
- How can our patrons find and access these books?
- Why can’t I order a particular library book as a reprint?
- Can books be printed in color?
- How will my book be delivered? How long will it take?
- How do I report a problem with the service?
- Can I download a copy of these books?
- How are the books bound? Is the paper acid-free?
- What is the takedown policy?
What is the UC Library Reprints service?
The UC Libraries have digitized hundreds of thousands of public domain books from our collections. In partnership with Hewlett-Packard, the UC Libraries are making many of these books available for purchase in reprinted editions. These reprints are made from images of the actual library books, digitally cleaned and processed for a better reading experience.
Where can I find UC’s reprints on the web?
One place to find and purchase reprints is UC's dedicated site, where you can search all of the volumes we have made available.
You can also find our reprints in HathiTrust. If a book is available as a reprint, you'll see a "Buy a copy" link on the its viewing page.
How does this service work?
It’s easy. First, find a book from the UC Libraries that you would like to purchase as a reprint. Next, follow the link to the ordering page, where you will be able to choose from various shipping options, usually including next-day shipping.
What kinds of books are available to order?
We are able to provide access to works in the Public Domain – that is, works that are free from copyright restrictions. This includes many works digitized from UC Libraries that were published in the US before 1923, along with some others that are not copyrighted.
Where did these books come from?
Our reprints are made from digitized copies of books in the collections of the UC Libraries. For more information on UC’s Mass Digitization efforts, please visit the CDL Mass Digitization page.
What are the goals of the reprints service? How does it benefit the University of California?
Most importantly, the UC Libraries believe that offering their digitized collections as reprints will allow our patrons a convenient and useful way to access these materials. Fragile or out of print books, in particular, will be brought to more readers than they could have been before. These books are often difficult or expensive to obtain commercially, and we hope to help the UC community to do so more easily.
Any revenue generated by the service will help to support the work of the UC Libraries.
Is access to the service different for the general public than it is for our faculty, staff, and students?
Since these works are in the Public Domain, we are able to offer them to everyone in the United States. Differences in copyright law outside the US make access outside the US more complicated.
How can our patrons find and access these books?
Why isn’t a particular book available as a reprint?
Many of the books in our collections are protected by copyright. The authors or publishers of these works still retain the rights to reprint them, and we therefore have not included them in our reprints service. Others have not yet been digitized by the UC Libraries. Finally, a small percentage of public domain books that have been digitized may be in process or have technical issues delaying their inclusion in the program.
For questions about a specific work, please feel free to contact CDL.
Can books be printed in color?
Printing in color is currently cost-prohibitive. We hope to offer books in color in the future.
How will my book be delivered? How long will it take?
Books ordered through the reprints service can be delivered at several different speeds, ranging from 5-7 business days to next day delivery. Faster delivery methods will also be more expensive.
How do I report a problem with the service?
For issues related to billing, shipping, or ordering, please contact the bookseller directly. In most cases, this is Amazon.com.
For questions about the UC BookPrep web site, please contact Hewlett-Packard..
For questions about the broader service or the books themselves, please contact CDL.
Can I download a copy of these books?
UC faculty, staff, and students whose campus supports authentication via Shibboleth can download many public domain books from HathiTrust. Please refer to the HathiTrust FAQ for more information.
How are the books bound? Is the paper acid-free?
The books are bound in perfect paperback using acid-free paper.
What is the takedown policy?
To learn more or to request an inquiry, refer to the UC Libraries Reprints Service takedown policy.