We are entering a new era of scholarship. An era that requires more collaboration. More transparency. More curiosity. That’s why HathiTrust exists — to lead this era by empowering a diverse collective of research and teaching libraries from around the globe. Our digital library preserves the published record for durable, long-term, and lawful access, stewarded in partnership with the academic institutions supporting our work. 

Our story.

HathiTrust was founded in 2008 as a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries now preserving 18+ million digitized items in the HathiTrust Digital Library. We offer reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. and international copyright law, text and data mining tools for the entire corpus, and other emerging services based on the combined collection.

Our members and leaders.

Our leaders come from all corners of the academic libraries that comprise our membership. From our Board of Governors who help us envision our possibilities, to members of our Program Steering Committee who help drive our day-to-day strategy, our governance and leadership extends from our members who are engaged in contemporary scholarship, the needs of higher education, and the information landscape at large.

Our services and programs.

HathiTrust Digital Library

The HathiTrust Digital Library is home to millions of digitized books and publications. Our team works diligently alongside research institutions to preserve and grow this collection while providing lawful access to visitors around the world.

Accessible Text Request Service

Users from member libraries who are blind or print disabled can request copies of any title in the HathiTrust Digital Library collection — including copyrighted items — to use with adaptive technologies such as screen readers.

Copyright Review Program

The Copyright Review Program at HathiTrust researches the copyright status of works in our collection, relying on an expert review team to find and open public domain materials in the U.S. and around the world.

Emergency Temporary Access Service

Our Emergency Temporary Access Service permits temporary, emergency access to the collection for member libraries during service disruptions caused by everything from a global pandemic to the catastrophic impacts of climate change. 

HathiTrust Research Center

Services from the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) support use of the HathiTrust corpus as a dataset for analysis via text and data mining research.

Shared Print Program

Our Shared Print Program has developed a distributed, shared network of print collections retained in tandem with HathiTrust’s digital preservation services.

U.S. Federal Documents Program

The U.S. Federal Documents Program initiative expands access to and preserves U.S. federal publications.