Maria Mitchell book (Print on Demand copies) from One Millionth Book Party
Maria Mitchell book (Print on Demand copies) from U-M Library One Millionth Book Party

Michigan Digitization Project

The University of Michigan and Google, Inc. entered into a ground-breaking partnership in 2004 to digitize the print collection of the University Library (UM-Google cooperative agreeement). A full FAQ is available about this Michigan Digitization Project (MDP). On May 20, 2009, Google and University of Michigan signed an amended agreement that allows University of Michigan to take advantage of the settlement agreement Google signed with representatives of authors and publishers.

The digitized collection, which comprises a significant portion of the HathiTrust Digital Library, is searchable in the HathiTrust catalogMirlyn, and Google Book Search. Full-text of works that are out of copyright or in the public domain are viewable, and patrons can search inside in-copyright works.

The University of Michigan Library embarked on this partnership for a number of very compelling reasons:

  • The project creates new ways for users to search and access Library content, opening up our library collections to our own users and to users throughout the world.
  • Although we have engaged in large-scale (preservation-based) conversion of parts of the Library's collection for several years, we know that only through partnerships of this sort can digitization of this scale be achieved.
  • We believe that, beyond providing basic access to Library collections, this activity is critically transformative, enabling the University Library to build on and reconceive vital Library services for the new millennium.

The University Library's digital collection is constantly evolving to suit new and existing demands from library users and library services. We anticipate that the HathiTrust Digital Library will change and adjust accordingly. For more information on the HathiTrust organization, see About HathiTrust.

A full list of Michigan Digitization Project (MDP) resources is also available.

If you have questions about the project, please send them to mdp-help@umich.edu.

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Last modified: 11/19/2014