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HathiTrust: HathiTrust FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is HathiTrust?

The HathiTrust Digital Library includes millions of books, government publications, dissertations, journals, and other published and unpublished materials. Created by a partnership of academic and research institutions, the Library offers materials digitized from collections in libraries around the world and including a wide range of languages. Titles published prior to 1923 and those that are open access or Creative Commons-licensed are available full-text. Other materials include limited-access searching.

Are HathiTrust ebooks accessible from the library catalog?

HathiTrust ebooks are not accessible from the catalog. Users must search directly at Print versions of some materials are, however, available in the Libraries. Search the Library Catalog.

Who can access HathiTrust ebooks?

Anyone may search the HathiTrust Digital Library and may also view the full text of materials in the public domain. The ability to download the full text of public domain works is restricted to current Rutgers students, faculty and staff with a valid NetID.

How do I print HathiTrust ebooks?

The HathiTrust Digital Library does not offer print functionality within the user interface. You must first download either a single page or the whole book as a PDF and then print from your PDF reader.

Can ebooks be downloaded to my computer?

Yes, you may download the full text of all books in the public domain. The public domain materials will provide "Full view", in which you can download either a single page or the entire book as a PDF file.

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