Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

HathiTrust Digital Library: HathiTrust Explained

This guide explains HathiTrust, its uses and benefits.

What is HathiTrust



HathiTrust (pronounced 'hah-tee') is a partnership of libraries and research institutions that have come together to build and share a digital repository of millions of print works.  Begun in 2008, the goal of the partnership is to build a comprehensive archive of published literature from around the world. HathiTrust has pursued this goal chiefly by digitizing materials like books and journals from major library collections and other partners, such as Google and the Internet Archive. Many academic libraries and other major research institutions are members of HathiTrust.


HathiTrust aims to provide a website that is accessible to everyone. Their full Accessibility Statement is available here.

Accessible Text Request Service

HathiTrust offers an Accessible Text Request Service to users who are affiliated with our campus. Through this service, users who are blind or print disabled can request copies of copyrighted books, which are listed as "limited (search-only)" in the HathiTrust Digital Library Collection. Please contact for questions about this service, and for requests for copyrighted books. 

Search HathiTrust

HathiTrust contains millions of digital books, journals, government documents, and other volumes, all digitized from research libraries. The collection includes both public domain and in-copyright works across a full range of subjects. Over half of the content is in English, but hundreds of languages are represented, including large amounts of material in German, French, Chinese, Russian and Spanish. Although all items are discoverable, viewability depends on the rights status of the individual item.

To access all available content,  "LOG IN" by choosing the University of Puget Sound as your member library. You'll be prompted to enter your Puget Sound credentials.

Access Hathitrust