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ISU Library to Become a HathiTrust Digital Library Partner Institution
12-Dec-2012 Newsletter article

Iowa State University Libraries will soon be a HathiTrust Partner Institution. HathiTrust is a large-scale collaborative repository of digital content from research libraries including content digitized via the Google Books project and Internet Archive digitization initiatives, as well as content digitized locally by libraries. Their stated mission "is to contribute to the common good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge." Currently, the HathiTrust digital library contains:

  • 10,585,321 total volumes
  • 5,569,903 book titles
  • 275,855 serial titles
  • 3,704,862,350 pages
  • 474 terabytes
  • 125 miles
  • 8,601 tons
  • 3,264,618 volumes(~31% of total) in the public domain

HathiTrust materials can be found by searching in Quick Search from the ISU Libraries homepage or by going directly to the HathiTrust webpage and searching or browsing the collections. These collections are freely available to anyone for viewing from the site using the HathiTrust reader but by becoming a partner institution, ISU faculty, staff, and students can download the full-text of all public-domain materials in the HathiTrust collection and those materials HathiTrust has secured copyright permissions. Partner institutions can also contribute original digital content to the HathiTrust to augment the available collections with the added benefit of providing a secure, digital repository for these materials.

In January 2013, affiliated ISU patrons will be able to login to the HathiTrust website using their NetID and password. Take a few moments to explore this valuable addition to the ISU Libraries collection.

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