Thursday, January 20, 2011

HathiTrust Digital Library

The mission of HathiTrust is to contribute to the common good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge.

In this effort our goals are:

* To build a reliable and increasingly comprehensive digital archive of library materials converted from print that is co-owned and managed by a number of academic institutions.
* To dramatically improve access to these materials in ways that, first and foremost, meet the needs of the co-owning institutions.
* To help preserve these important human records by creating reliable and accessible electronic representations.
* To stimulate redoubled efforts to coordinate shared storage strategies among libraries, thus reducing long-term capital and operating costs of libraries associated with the storage and care of print collections.
* To create and sustain this “public good” in a way that mitigates the problem of free-riders.
* To create a technical framework that is simultaneously responsive to members through the centralized creation of functionality and sufficiently open to the creation of tools and services not created by the central organization.

Currently Digitized:

7,857,428 total volumes
4,413,590 book titles
195,899 serial titles
2,750,099,800 pages
352 terabytes
1,963,843 volumes in the public domain

To visit the HathiTrust Digital Library: Click Here.

Note: Full online text is only available for works in the public domain.

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