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Access eBooks through the Hathi Trust

September 18, 2015

The Google Book Project began in October 2004 as a service that provides searchable full text books and magazines that have been scanned by Google. Content providers include publishers, authors, and library partners.  Ohio State University Libraries partners with Google through its membership in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) which joined with Google in 2007. The CIC institutions (BIG 10 plus the University of Chicago) would participate by scanning 10 million books. Google offers some titles for free and others for a fee. As of 2013 Google Books has estimated the number of scanned titles at over 30 million.

Once scanned by Google, all CIC institution books are available digitally through the Hathi Trust (pronounced “hah-tee,” is the Hindi word for elephant, an animal famed for its long memory) The Hathi Trust began in 2008 as a collaboration of the CIC institutions and the University of California.  The Trust is a repository used by its members to archive and share their digitized collections.  Since its inception, it has quickly grown to include over 100 institutional partners, both in copyrighted and public domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive (preserving the World Wide Web), and Microsoft. The Hathi Trust hopes to build a comprehensive archive of published literature from around the world and develop shared initiatives for managing and developing their holdings in a collaborative way.

The primary users of the Hathi Trust are the faculty, students, and users of its partner libraries, but the public domain materials in the Trust are available to all. As of this writing the Hathi Trust includes 13, 486,324 total volumes of which 5,166,481 are in the public domain.  The Health Sciences Library title from our Medical Heritage Center collection, A Treatise on the Disorders and Deformities of the Teeth and Gums by Thomas Bardmore,  London , 1770, was the five millionth title digitized and added to the collection. Visit their digital library at www.hathitrust.org to browse or read online and also visit their online Research Center.  Sign on is very easy—just use your OSU name.# and password.  You may also notice links to digitized content in the Hathi Trust in your OSU Library Catalog search results. Have fun exploring this exciting resource.