Shared Print Program

Welcome to Heather Weltin, our new Shared Print Program Officer! See the full announcement.

HathiTrust member libraries have committed to retain more than 16 million monograph volumes to be retained for 25 years under the HathiTrust Shared Print Program. These volumes represent more than 4.8 million individual titles held in the HathiTrust Digital Library (about 65% of all HathiTrust digital monographs), which is a significant step toward a primary goal of the program: to steward print copies of all HathiTrust digital holdings. 


The primary goals of the HathiTrust Shared Print Program are to ensure preservation of print and digital collections by linking the two, to reduce overall costs of collection management for HathiTrust members, and to catalyze national/continental collective management of collections. Key attributes of the program are:

  • Secure retention commitments for print holdings that mirror book titles in the HathiTrust digital collection
  • Maintain a lendable print collection distributed among HathiTrust member collections
  • Reflect support by and provide benefits to all HathiTrust members
  • Build on existing shared print and resource-sharing arrangements and avoid disturbing members’ other affiliations.

In Phase 1 (2016-2017), HathiTrust and member libraries built momentum through a “quick launch” effort that focused on finalizing policies and the MOU and identified an initial set of retention libraries and commitments. In Phase 2 (2018 and after), we aim to secure retention commitments for volumes corresponding to the remaining HathiTrust digital monographs, build infrastructure by adopting tools to support further collection analysis and resource-sharing, and define future priorities and services to coordinate print retention and digitization. 


 Phase 1 (Complete)

 Phase 2


Shared Print Program Documents

Shared Print Program Updates

Webcasts and presentations

Implementation planning


Original planning documents: