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Last Updated: Nov 20, 2017 URL: Print Guide

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Google Book Search

You can read online books on Google Books. For most entries, you will only get sections from the book, not the entire content.


Your Google Library

You can sign in to your Google Account and create a library of books that you have viewed or may want to view in the future.


Google Categories


What is Google Books?

Google Books has millions of book records.  Many of the books are available electronically if they are out of copyright.  If the item is not out of copyright and not available electronically Google Books provides information about where that book is available and also how it can be purchased.

More information on Google Books including its history can be found here.


Google Books Viewing Levels

You cannot view the full text of all the books in Google Books.  There are different viewing levels.  Those levels are:

  • Full View will allow you to view the full text for books that are no longer under copyright
  • Limited Preview allows a sample view of a few pages at the publishers permission
  • Snippet View shows a few sentences at a time
  • No Preview only shows the information about the book

So, keep these limitations in mind when searching through Google Books as it will reduce the frustrations you may feel when you come across something that is not full text.


Library Contact Information

         Troy Campus Library

Phone: (248) 823-1228
Fax: (248) 689-9066

Reference Service Available
Mon. - Thurs. 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fri. & Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
Sunday: Noon - 5:00 p.m.


Troy Library Hours of Operation
Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Fri. & Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Noon - 5:00 p.m.


Novi Campus Library

Phone: (248) 679-1410
Fax: (248) 823-1044

Reference Service Available
Mon. - Thurs. 3:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m
Friday and Sunday Closed
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.



Need help? Ask a librarian.

If you need help with research, call 248.823.1228 (Troy campus) or 248.679.1410 (Novi campus) to speak to a friendly librarian.



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