May 19, 2022

Penn Libraries Adds Records and Direct Links For 2 Million Titles From HathiTrust to Library Catalog

Some recent news out of the University of Pennsylvania. With the addition of the HathiTrust titles Penn’s catalog is now nearly 50% larger.

From Penn Libraries News:

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries became an institutional partner of HathiTrust in 2010, two years after the partnership’s creation. Since joining HathiTrust, Penn readers have been able to search, read, and download public-domain e-books directly from the HathiTrust Digital Library. These e-books – 2 million titles, 4 million volumes, roughly 35% of HathiTrust’s archived content – have been digitized by HathiTrust partner libraries as part of Google Books, Internet Archive, and in-house digitization projects.

This week [week of October 23], the Penn Libraries will start offering access to HathiTrust downloadable e-books through Franklin, the Libraries catalog. Penn readers will see a direct link to each e-book in the HathiTrust Digital Library.


The huge record load that took place this week – the largest number of records added to Franklin at one time, growing the Penn Libraries catalog by almost 50% – is made possible by catalog record enhancements and by the home-grown DLA-D technology that has powered Franklin since mid-2013. We have been able to match HathiTrust e-book titles to Franklin records for approximately 200,000 Penn Libraries print books, the remaining HathiTrust e-book titles will appear as new Franklin records. Quarterly updates to Franklin will continue to bring newly-digitized HathiTrust Digital Library titles to Penn readers.

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See Also: Example of Library Catalog Record with Link to HathiTrust

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