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Free e-Books: HathiTrust

This guide will help you find free e-Books and audio books.

Hints for Using HathiTrust

Find Books: There are three different ways to find books through HathiTrust.

  • Catalog Search - search by keyword, author, title, subject, and more.
  • Full-Text Search - Searches words that occur within the item
  • Collections - Browse, Search or Make a HathiTrust Collection (Collections can be created for private or public use.)


  • Users must be from a partner institution to download a whole book. WCC is not a partner institution.
  • Non-partner users can print and download single-page PDFs of all public domain works, full-PDFs of works made available under Creative Commons licenses, and full-PDFs of public domain works that are not subject to third-party agreements.

Reading Books Online:
All users can view the the books online. 

  • Classic view - allows you to click forward and backward arrows to turn the page
  • Scroll view - scroll through the book from top to bottom
  • Flip view - turn the pages like a traditional book
  • Thumbnail view - view thumbnail shots of a page
  • Plain Text - no formatting

Mobile Devices: Visit their mobile website when using a tablet or smart phone. Please note that HathiTrust mobile excludes some features found on the regular site, such as full-text search and collection browsing.

HathiTrust has incorporated special markup throughout the site but have focused special attention on the PageTurner (the part of the site that displays images & text of materials in the digital library). The HathiTrust PageTurner currently passes section 508 requirements.





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HathiTrust Digital Library is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries bringing together the immense collections of partner institutions in digital form, preserving them securely to be accessed and used today, and in future generations.