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Future of 600,000 books being culled by National Library

1 News New Zealand: “I think it’s a really exciting opportunity because it means that we’re maintaining access to these books and it hasn’t cost the New Zealand taxpayer money, that it’s actually improved access not just for us but globally,” Te Pouhuaki national librarian Rachel Esson told 1 NEWS. The books are overseas publications with an average publication date of 1965-1969 and are rarely accessed, a press release stated. The Internet Archive has agreed to have the collection available for people around the world to borrow digitally within two years and is paying for packaging, transport and digitisation costs. “We hope that it will be within a year that we will have sent those off,” Esson said. The collection will be transported to the Philippines to be digitised before the books are stored for the long-term in the Internet Archive’s physical facility in the United States…”

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