Library users in Colorado now have access to tens of thousands of additional open-access digitized books and serials through the Prospector Library Catalog. The digitized items originate from the University of Michigan, a partner in the Google Books digitization project and a member of a consortium of libraries called Hathi Trust. Last year the University of Michigan made available bibliographic records for many of the out-of-copyright titles that Google digitized from its collections. The University then made available online files for each of the digitized works.
The bibliographic records were acquired and enhanced by librarians at the Auraria Library in Denver. After the records were loaded into the Auraria Library online catalog, they were uploaded to Prospector. Now library patrons from across Colorado have access to the online books via the Prospector catalog. Although it appears that Auraria is the sole owner, any user may connect to these online resources by clicking on the electronic link.
There are over 105,000 digitized books and serials freely available in this initial phase of the project. They cover a broad range of topics in the humanities and sciences and are in many different languages. They represent the rich collections found at the University of Michigan and complement local collections held in Colorado libraries. Moreover, the books are “open-access,” which means they are in the public domain either because they were published before 1923 or because they are a government publication and therefore not copyrighted.
To see an example of these resources, perform a keyword search in the Prospector union catalog that includes the words Hathi Trust.
For more information contact the Dayton Memorial Library reference desk: 303 458-4031.