The Johns Hopkins University Libraries have become the newest member of HathiTrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in an extraordinary digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.
Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has a growing membership currently comprising more than two dozen partners. Over the last two years, the partners have contributed more than 7 million volumes to the digital library, digitized from their library collections through various means, including Google and Internet Archive digitization and in-house initiatives. More than 1.6 million of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and freely available on the Web.
What does this new partnership mean for my research?
Just ask Dean Winston Tabb! “This membership enhances our ability to deliver content to our users, who will now be able to access full-text PDFs of public domain materials via HathiTrust and through the university online catalog.”
As a service for partners and a public good, HathiTrust offers persistent access to the digital collections. This includes viewing, downloading, and searching access to public domain volumes, and searching access to in-copyright volumes. Specialized features are also available to facilitate access by persons with print disabilities and to allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into “collections” that can be searched and browsed.
So how do I access this new wealth of materials?
Johns Hopkins’ initial role as part of HathiTrust will center on the development of infrastructure, such as storage systems, and services that will allow for seamless integration with the university’s library catalog. Currently, HathiTrust can be accessed via our A-Z list and requires logging in with your JHED ID and password. This FAQ on copyright explains what can and can’t be accessed in full text once in HathiTrust.