Researchers now have access to over one million ebooks from the University Libraries. Ebooks are an amazing resource that are available to the entire Virginia Tech community. To celebrate this landmark achievement, here is Part 4 of a new series titled “Ebooks for Everyone.”
HathiTrust is a partnership of 120 major research institutions and libraries which share a common goal: to ensure that our cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. The mission of HathiTrust is to contribute to research and scholarship by collaboratively collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge.
The collection contains records and full text for over seven million scanned books, journals, and other publications from universities and libraries around the world. Readers can download ebooks for materials that have aged out of copyright (mostly pre-1923), but newer content is also available.
HathiTrust ebooks can be found in Summon. Summon knows the overlap between our print collection and the digitized HathiTrust collection, and will search against the full text of this overlap. This feature helps you find books in our collection that contain words and phrases not located in the titles, tables of content, subject headings, and other metadata that traditional catalog search tools can’t discover.
Scanned HathiTrust ebooks are also available in screen reader formats utilized by users with visual disabilities, including in-copyright works. This is a mediated service verified on request by students with the Services for Students with Disabilities office and faculty/staff with the university’s ADA Services office.
Written by Maria Atilano, Creative Editor