May 24, 2022

HathiTrust Full-Text Index to Be Integrated Into OCLC Services

From OCLC:

OCLC and HathiTrust have signed an agreement that will allow OCLC to integrate the HathiTrust full-text index into OCLC services, enabling member libraries and their users to more easily discover resources from this important digital collection through WorldCat.

Under this new agreement, OCLC will be able to integrate the full-text index of HathiTrust collections into services such as and WorldCat Local. Following integration of the full-text index, users will be able to search beyond bibliographic records to include the full text of these cooperatively built library collections in their searches.

Content from the HathiTrust Digital Library complements member libraries’ collections already in WorldCat. Through a single search of or WorldCat Local, users will easily find HathiTrust resources and other materials available in their own collections, and in the collections of thousands of libraries around the world that are part of the OCLC cooperative.


“OCLC and HathiTrust have worked together for several years on behalf of our member libraries to provide easy access to these valuable resources,” said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. “OCLC includes 4.7 million records in WorldCat representing the HathiTrust Digital Library, and we continue to synchronize with the HathiTrust daily. This new agreement is an important next step to providing discoverability and easy access to this significant collection.”

Earlier this year, OCLC and HathiTrust began testing a unique WorldCat Local user interface for discovery of items accessible through the HathiTrust Digital Library. The WorldCat Local prototype for the HathiTrust Digital Library, available to anyone on the Web, was designed and implemented by both organizations in close cooperation as a means to further develop a shared digital library infrastructure.

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