HathiTrust is an international partnership of major academic and research libraries that are working together to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. The partnership launched a digital repository in 2008 that contains millions of volumes digitized from partnering library collections. More than a quarter of these are in the public domain and freely available on the Web.
Enhanced access to digital versions of University of Michigan Library books in the HathiTrust repository (both those that are publicly accessible and those that are in copyright) is available to University of Michigan students, faculty and staff whose disabilities do not allow them to use printed books. In order to gain access, students, faculty and staff need to provide documentation of their disability to the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at the University of Michigan, and ask that they be added to the list of verified users.
In the past it has been necessary for a user to check-out the physical copy of the book in order to have access to the in-copyright digital version, but this is no longer necessary. Also, users of this service will no longer receive e-mailed instructions for accessing the digital version.
Students must login to HathiTrust using their University of Michigan uniqname to access volumes. Further details on access are available at HathiTrust's accessibility page.