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HathiTrust Digital Library

What is HathiTrust Digital Library?

The HathiTrust Digital Library (pronounced 'hah-tee') is a repository of digitized print works built and shared by members of the HathiTrust --a partnership of libraries and research institutions. Begun in 2008, the goal of the partnership is to build a comprehensive archive of published literature from around the world.  The HathiTrust has pursued this goal chiefly by digitizing materials such as books and journals from major library collections and other partners, such as Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft. Currently, over 120 academic libraries and other major research institutions are members of HathiTrust. Wichita State University Libraries joined HathiTrust in 2016.  

What is Available in HathiTrust Digital Library?


Much of the content of the HathiTrust Digital Library can be accessed without the special LOGON option available to WSU faculty, staff, and students. (Community Users do not have this logon option.)  Without logging in, WSU students, faculty, and staff as well as Community Users have access to:

  • Full-text access to millions of digitized works including
    • Works published before 1923
    • US federal government documents
    • Works still protected by copyright, but made available to HathiTrust with the permission of the copyright holder
  • Browse collections, read books online, use mobile website to read books anywhere
  • Download selected materials where there are no third-party restrictions

ACCESS WITH LOGON:      (WSU faculty, staff, and students only)        Logon Instructions
Only WSU students, faculty, and staff have the special LOGON option. If you log in, you will have access to all of the above, plus:    

  • Full-text access to additional titles
  • Download titles with fewer restrictions
  • Create private or public collections of items found in digital library
  • Keyword search the entire digital library - both public domain and in-copyright titles
  • Access to metadata that is richer and more consistently applied than in Google Books.
  • Conduct textual analysis and other digital humanities projects. For more information about research access, see the HathiTrust Research Center tab on upper left. 
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