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Library Expands Digital Access to Collections Beyond Harvard

Quicker turnaround for digital materials, more robust access to HathiTrust materials. 

 

January 21, 2014—The Harvard Library recently enhanced scholars’ access to articles and book chapters held by other research libraries and to materials deposited with HathiTrust, an online repository of more than 10 million digitized titles.

The Library joined the Rapid Interlibrary Loan (RapidILL) partnership, which allows it to fulfill requests for articles from the majority of the membership of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) more quickly. Materials from medical libraries, law libraries and document suppliers such as the Center for Research Libraries, the Linda Hall Library and Easy Lending, an open-access journal supplier, are also part of this service.

By using the RapidILL service, the Library can deliver requests within 24 hours; Harvard’s average has been 15 hours. One Harvard researcher noted, “I requested an article from an Australian journal that Harvard does not own at 9am, and it was digitally delivered to my desktop by 4pm.”

Thanks to a collaboration between the Library and HathiTrust, Harvard scholars now have enhanced access to HathiTrust materials. Researchers can now download more than three million public-domain titles and full-text search more than five million book titles. Additionally, those with disabilities can receive special access to in-copyright materials deposited in HathiTrust.