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. The digitized collection, which comprises a significant portion of the HathiTrust Digital Library, is searchable in Mirlyn, the HathiTrust catalog, 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 will create 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.

Here's how to get started...

  • Go to the HathiTrust Digital Library home page to do a bibliographic search (Title, Author, Subject, ISBN/ISSN, Publisher, Series Title, or Year of Publication) or search the full-text of all HathiTrust items.
  • Go to Public Collections to browse other people's collections. Items can be copied into your own personal collection.

We have completed scanning at the following libraries:

  • Art, Architecture and Engineering Library
  • Bentley Historical Library
  • Buhr Remote Shelving Facility (large portions)
  • Dentistry Library (portions)
  • Fine Arts Library (large portions)
  • Hatcher Graduate Library (large portions)
  • Herbarium Library
  • Kresge Business Administration Library
  • Law Library (portions)
  • Museums Library
  • Music Library (large portions)
  • Shapiro Science Library (large portions)
  • Shapiro Undergraduate Library (large portions)
  • Social Work Library
  • Special Collections Library (portions)
  • Taubman Health Sciences Library (large portions)
  • UM Dearborn Library
  • UM Flint Library (large portions)


These 4 examples below are items that can be found in Mirlyn and are in the public domain (that is, freely accessible).

See also:

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

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Last modified: 06/20/2014