Monash University is a member of HathiTrust, a global partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future.
HathiTrust holds the largest set of digitised books managed by the academic, research, and library community, which offers an unprecedented opportunity to steward the cultural record through increasingly interdependent work that develops capacity and sparks innovation.
Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has a growing membership currently comprising more than one hundred forty-five members.
Members contribute volumes of material to the digital library, digitised from their library collections through a number of means including Google and Internet Archive digitisation and in-house initiatives. A large proportion of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and freely available online.
HathiTrust serves a dual role. First, as a trusted repository it guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds, providing the expert curation and consistent access long associated with research libraries. Second, as a service for members and the public good, HathiTrust offers persistent access to the digital collections. This includes viewing, downloading, and searching access to public domain volumes, and searching access to copyrighted works. Specialized features are also available which facilitate access by persons with print disabilities, and allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into “collections” that can be searched and browsed.
HathiTrust was named for the Hindi word for elephant, hathi, symbolic of the qualities of memory, wisdom, and strength evoked by elephants, as well as the huge undertaking of congregating the digital collections of libraries in the United States and beyond. HathiTrust is funded by member libraries and governed by members of the libraries through its Board of Governors.
More information on HathiTrust is available at: www.hathitrust.org.