HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. HathiTrust began in 2008 as a collaboration of the thirteen universities. There are now more than 130 partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide. Boston College is a Hathitrust member.
The Hathitrust collection includes nearly 16,000,000 digitized items, and almost 6,000,000 are in the public domain, available to anyone with an internet connection.
The initial focus of the partnership has been on preserving and providing access to digitized book and journal content from the partner library collections. This includes both in copyright and public domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as through in-house initiatives.
The DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) is a large-scale digital public library in a single platform and portal, providing open and coherent access to our society’s digitized cultural heritage. Initial funding for the DPLA was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. It is guided by a board of directors comprised of leading public and research librarians, technologists, intellectual property scholars, and business experts from around the country. and is based in Boston in the historic Boston Public Library.