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Shared Print Program Phase 1

Phase 1 of the Shared Print Program officially launched in June 2017 and continued through September 30, 2017. At the close of the phase, 16 million monographs were retained, which represents 4.8 million individual titles. Almost 50 member libraries signed the Shared Print Agreement (MOU) which recognizes their continued support of the program by retaining shared print volumes for 25 years (through December 31, 2042).

Learn More about HathiTrust Shared Print Phase 1

Phase 1 Retention Libraries

Phase 1 Planning, Updates, and Reports

Phase 1 Statistics


 Phase 1 Retention Libraries

A wide variety of HathiTrust partner libraries have volunteered to participate in Phase 1 of the Shared Print Program. These include libraries at universities and colleges from across the United States and from Canada and Australia.

During Phase 1, these libraries will play two primary roles:

  • Serve as planning partners with the HathiTrust Shared Print Advisory Committee (SPAC) to finalize the policies, business model and MOU that will govern the HathiTrust Shared Print Program, and
  • Work with HathiTrust to identify which of the library’s matching print monograph holdings the library will agree to retain.

At the end of Phase 1 (estimated spring/summer 2017), the libraries will have an opportunity to review the final policies and MOU and then to make a decision about going forward with the proposed retention commitments.    

As of September 2017, Shared Print Retention Libraries Participating in Phase 1: 

Arizona State University

Brandeis University

Brown University

Bryn Mawr College

Claremont Colleges

Colby College

Columbia University

Duke University

Emory University

Georgia Tech University

Getty Research Institute

Harvard University

Indiana University

Iowa State University

Johns Hopkins University

Lafayette College

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

McGill University

New York Public Library

Northwestern University

Ohio State University

Princeton University

Swarthmore College

Syracuse University

Tufts University

University of Alberta

University of Calgary

University of California, Merced

University of California, San Diego

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of California Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF)

University of California Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF)

University of Chicago

University of Delaware

University of Florida

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

University of Iowa

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University of Missouri

University of Notre Dame

University of Pennsylvania

University of Queensland

University of Texas at Austin

University of Virginia

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Washington University, St. Louis

Yale University


Phase 1 Planning, Updates, and Reports


 Phase 1 Statistics 

50 HathiTrust member libraries committed to retain more than 16 million volumes for 25 years. These volumes correspond to more than 4.8 million individual book titles held in the HathiTrust Digital Library (about 65% of all HathiTrust digital monographs).

About 25% of the proposed 16.6 million volumes were already committed to another shared print program. These programs include The Research Collections and Preservation Consortium, University of California Libraries Shared Print, Eastern Academic Scholars Trust, Federal Depository Library Program, Florida Academic Repository, Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries.  Of the 4.8 million committed titles held among the 120 HathiTrust member collections, the majority are moderately held between 6 and 49 HathiTrust member libraries.

 Of the 4.8 million titles committed by 50 Retention Libraries half were  committed by 2 – 5 Retention Libraries. They were matched by OCLC record numbers.