Key takeaways

 University Libraries have joined HathiTrust, a global partnership of major research institutions and libraries.

 HathiTrust members have contributed more than 16 million volumes to the digital library.

 University Libraries hold the largest collection in the Rocky Mountain region, from books, periodicals and audio materials to manuscripts, maps and government publications.

Originally published Sept. 26, 2018

The University Libraries at CU Boulder have become a member of HathiTrust, a global partnership of major research institutions and libraries working toward its mission to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible.

The University Libraries hold the largest collection in the Rocky Mountain region, with more than 12 million books, periodicals, government publications, audiovisual materials, microforms, maps, manuscripts, papers and computer-based resources.

Ten years after its founding, HathiTrust holds the largest set of digitized books managed by the academic, research and library community, which offers an unprecedented opportunity to oversee the cultural record through increasingly interdependent work that develops capacity and sparks innovation. “Hathi” is the Hindi word for elephant, signifying a prodigious memory.

This service has recently expanded to include all 16-plus million volumes within the collection, which will best support the researchers at the University of Colorado as they look to utilize the HathiTrust corpus in the creation of new knowledge.” –Robert H. McDonald, dean of University Libraries

Members have contributed more than 16 million volumes to the digital library, digitized from their library collections through a number of means, including Google and Internet Archive digitization and in-house initiatives. More than six million of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and freely available online.

With a growing membership of more than 140 members, HathiTrust serves a dual role. First, it is a trusted repository that guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds. Second, as a service for members and the public good, HathiTrust offers access to the digital collections, except for copyrighted works. CU authentication is required to download whole books.

University Libraries faculty and staff share the CU Boulder mission to serve the people of Colorado and engage the world through excellence in teaching, research, creative work and service. You can learn more about resources and services at the University Libraries website.

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