HathiTrust Research Center

What Can You Do With So Many Books?

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) enables large-scale analysis of works in the HathiTrust Digital Library (HTDL) to facilitate non-profit research and educational uses of the collection. HTRC, which is co-located at Indiana University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, engages in research and development for text analysis of massive digital libraries.

The Center creates and maintains a suite of tools and services for text-based, data-driven research and engages in cutting-edge research on large-scale data analysis. HTRC makes available the collection for text and data mining purposes, while remaining clearly within the bounds of the fair use rights courts have recognized as applying to text analysis.

Relationship to HathiTrust

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. Individual access and preservation are important concerns for HathiTrust. It allows users to search for and build collections of digitized works, and to read those in the public domain. The Research Center’s focus is on the aggregate strengths: what can we learn from so many books? Digitization has enabled large-scale questions that we couldn’t ask before, and the Research Center is here to help you ask them while working within the restrictions of intellectual property law.


HathiTrust Research Center services


Senior Leadership Team
John Walsh
HTRC Director, Indiana University

J. Stephen Downie
HTRC Co-Director, University of Illinois

Yu (Marie) Ma
HTRC Associate Director for Cyber Infrastructure Operations, Indiana University

Janet Swatscheno
HTRC Associate Director for Outreach and Education Services, HathiTrust

Glen Layne-Worthey
HTRC Associate Director for Research Support Services, University of Illinois


HTRC Staff
Indiana University
Jennifer Christie, Associate UX Specialist
Samitha Liyanage, Research Software Engineer
Adam Schaller, Senior Systems Administrator
Leena Unnikrishnan, Research Software Engineer

University of Illinois
Boris Capitanu, Senior Research Developer
Ryan Dubnicek, Digital Humanities Specialist
Deren Kudeki, Visiting Research Programmer