HathiTrust and the OSU Libraries Partnership

As a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, Ohio State University has partnered with HathiTrust as part of a collaboration that establishes a repository to archive and share digitized collections. HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

At the time of this post, OSUL has shared many volumes  for scanning by Google to be added to the HathiTrust digital library . While all are available to be searched and previewed, over half of these items are soon to be available to our users as full-text.

Our library catalog currently offers Google previews and some full views to a small number of books:

Full text availability from the library catalog

OSUL continues to add titles to the HathiTrust collection. Applications Development and Support‘s goal is to make digitized books more easily discoverable for our OSU users.  We will offer more access to scanned books, similar to other  Hathitrust partner institutions such as the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, Indiana University, and Boston College.

As an example, here is the search result for Alice’s adventures in wonderland, and Through the looking-glass by Lewis Carroll in Lens, the online library catalog of the University of Chicago:

University of Chicago Library Catalog

In addition to a preview of the title via Google,  users may access  (read, search and download) full text of the book from the HathiTrust Digital Library:

Full Text of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

As HathiTrust partners, Ohio State University can provide our users full-text access to not only our own digitized collection, but also to the millions of online books that are added to the repository.  Applications Development & Support will be bringing you this exciting enhancement in early 2014.