Mail your books for scanning

Although the fastest way to submit your book is to provide digital files, established partners can also submit hard copies which Google will scan and add to their Partner Center accounts. As Google is unable to return books, please don't send irreplaceable copies.

At this time, Google can scan physical books for Partner Center accounts created before August 2013.

Guidelines for book scanning

Please follow these guidelines to determine if your printed content can be scanned. If you're unsure whether your books meet our requirements, you may submit them and we'll do our best to scan them. Books received for scanning may take several weeks to show up in your account.


  • Must be no larger than 11.7" in one dimension; no limit in the other dimension (either portrait or landscape orientation)
  • Must be no smaller than 1.9" wide x 2.75" long in portrait orientation, or 2.75" wide x 1.9" long in landscape orientation
  • Six-page minimum for content submitted for preview on Google Books

Format and condition

  • Single-page foldouts only (multi-page foldouts may be removed)
  • Perfect-bound, saddle-stitched, spiral-bound, or ring-bound books are acceptable
  • Most hardcovers and paperbacks with jackets, flaps, or other cover attachments are acceptable
  • Uncut pages or pages stuck together may result in skipped pages
Generally unscannable items (click to expand/collapse):
  • board books
  • card decks
  • non-square pages (shaped or tabbed)
  • calendar-orientation pages
  • dual-sided books
  • dual-language books
  • stencils
  • stickers
  • music
  • photography
  • posters
  • maps
  • craft kits
  • pop-ups
  • notebooks
  • CD-ROMs
  • DVDs
  • cassette tapes
  • microfilm
  • toys
  • dolls

Multi-volume books

  • Multi-volume books that share a single ISBN and have contiguously numbered pages will be scanned as a single volume.
  • Multi-volume books that share a single ISBN but have non-contiguous pages will be scanned as a single volume. Individual volumes will not be uniquely identified on your account page.
  • Multiple volumes with distinct ISBNs will appear normally.

Include a detailed packing slip

Your shipment should include a packing slip with the following information:

  • Date sent
  • Your company name
  • Number of books included in the shipment
  • Number of cartons or pallets in the shipment
  • Titles and ISBNs of all books in the shipment
  • Your collection code (go to the Partner Center and click Book Catalog > Advanced > Manage templates)

Additionally, please mark the exterior of each carton with your company name, collection code, and box number (e.g., Box 1 of 4).

Print a shipping label

Select one of our shipping locations and fill out your shipping label accordingly. Be sure to include your collection code on the shipping label. (You can find your collection code by going to the Partner Center and clicking Book Catalog > Advanced > Manage templates.)

U.S. (fastest option)

Collection code:
[Your collection code]
6120 Stewart Avenue
Fremont, CA 94538


Collection code:
[Your collection code]
Google Ireland Ltd TAN 50723
ATTN: Google Books Partner Program
C/O XPO Logistics
Block 600, Jordanstown Way
Greenogue Industrial Estate
County Dublin


Collection code:
[Your collection code]
Google Books Collection Center
Expeditors Japan KK Narita Distribution Center (DC)
c/o Maruzen Showa Unyu, Narita Logistics Center Building C, Floor 2, Room C
2313-4, Iwayama, Shibayama-machi
Sanbu-gun, Chiba 289-1608Japan
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