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HathiTrust is a collection of digitized works from some of the nation's great research libraries.

What You'll Find in This Guide

This guide provides basic information about the HathiTrust Digital Library.

What is HathiTrust?

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HathiTrust brings together the digitized collections of research libraries around the nation and makes them available to everyone. There are more than 140 members in HathiTrust, including the University of Washington. HathiTrust allows researchers to access a vast array of materials and find information that has traditionally been hard to find. HathiTrust allows users to customize searches and build collections for easy access to digitized works.


HathiTrust Print Disabilities service allows us to provide lawful access to in-copyright materials in HathiTrust to UW users with print disabilities. Send requests to Library Account Services.

How Does HathiTrust Digital Library Work?

HathiTrust Digital Library has over 16 million titles in the public domain and under copyright. Public domain works are available to everyone, while most items under copyright are restricted. Full access to in-copyright items in the HathiTrust is currently only available to print-disabled patrons at the University of Washington Libraries, and access can be requested via Library Account Services. All items are available for search but items under copyright may not have a full-text viewing option. HathiTrust allows users to create collections of any of the items in the digital library, even if the items are limited to search only.

Logging in Through UW

To login to HathiTrust through the library:

  • Press the big yellow button in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

Log in button

  • Choose the "University of Washington" from the list.

institution selection menu

  • Use your UW NetID to finish logging in

Help Links

If you have general questions about HathiTrust operations and services or have problems with HathiTrust's digital content or catalog records, you can email

Or go to one of the following links for more help:

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