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HathiTrust to Partner with DPLA, Contributing 3.5 Million Books

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Today the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced that the HathiTrust Digital Library will partner with DPLA to expand discovery and use of HathiTrust’s public domain and other openly available content. DPLA provides an online portal to freely available digital material held by libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. The HathiTrust Digital Library offers a collection of millions of titles digitized from academic and research institutions around the world. The new partnership doubles the size of the DPLA collection and provides a wider audience for the HathiTrust titles.

Of HathiTrust’s nearly 11 million volumes, the metadata records associated with the almost 3.5 million that are freely available will be accessible on the web at dp.la, and through the DPLA application programming interface (API), making HathiTrust a DPLA  “content hub.” The digitized volumes themselves will continue to reside in HathiTrust. The partnership makes HathiTrust the single largest DPLA content hub, in the company of institutions such as the Harvard Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, National Archives, New York Public Library, Smithsonian Institution, University of Virginia, and others.

The partnership officially begins today and the data is in the process of being transferred from HathiTrust to the Digital Public Library of America. DPLA will be working to add a special interface for books to supplement its novel map and timeline browsing interfaces, but the HathiTrust content will be available through the current site as soon as the data is loaded.

For more details, see today’s DPLA blog post, “HathiTrust to Partner with DPLA.”