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HathiTrust: HathiTrust FAQ

HathiTrust is a collection of over 17 million searchable books and serials held in libraries all over the world. Use this library guide to learn how to use the collection.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Hathi mean?

Hathi (pronounced hah-tee), is the Hindi term for elephant. 

How many items are digitized by HathiTrust?

  • 17,480,777 total volumes
  • 8,415,127 book titles
  • 469,236 serial titles
  • 6,118,271,950 pages
  • 784 terabytes
  • 207 miles
  • 14,203 tons
  • 6,868,758 volumes(~39% of total) in the public domain

Who can use HathiTrust?

Anyone may search the HathiTrust Digital Library view the full text of materials that are in the public domain. The ability to download the full text of public domain works is restricted to current members of the Eckerd Community with your EC email and password.

What if I cannot see the full-text of a book I want to read?

The item is not accessible due to its copyright status. Please check OneSearch to see if Eckerd Library owns the item. If the library does not own it, request it on Interlibrary Loan.

Can I print items?

The HathiTrust Digital Library does not offer print functionality as part of its user interface. Download either a single page or the whole document/book as a PDF and then print from your PDF reader.

A complete list of FAQs can be found on the HathiTrust Help Page.