HathiTrust Digital Library seems to be everywhere these days. I first heard about it last year in a workshop, and since then I’ve seen it mentioned in several other contexts. It’s apparently useful for many different types of research, so I thought it was time to sit down and take a look at what it has.
In a nutshell, HathiTrust (pronounced Hah-Tee Trust) is a collection of collections. It pulls together both copyright and public domain content from a partnership of libraries located mostly in North America. First launched in 2008, it has grown to include over 13 million volumes, many of which are available in full-text (materials still under copyright have a limited view).