The HathiTrust Digital Library announced on June 18, 2013 that it will partner with the recently launched Digital Public Library of America (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 U.S. This collaboration is noteworthy for bringing together two complementary efforts—HathiTrust with its academic and research library focus, and the DPLA with a more public library focus.
Of HathiTrust’s nearly 11 million volumes, the 3.5 million that are in the public domain or have been made publicly available by rights holders, will become a DPLA “content hub”—accessible to DPLA users via the sharing of metadata records. HathiTrust will continue to host and preserve the digitized volumes.