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NYPL Takes Giant Step In Preserving Its Digitized Collections
Partners With HathiTrust
The New York Public Library has taken a giant step towards storing, preserving and protecting its digitized book collections, partnering with HathiTrust, a shared repository of digitized content from academic and research libraries.
“The New York Public Library could not be more excited about its partnership with HathiTrust, which will become an essential element of our digitization strategy,” said Ann Thornton, Acting Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries.
HathiTrust will take items digitized from the New York Public Library’s collections and store them securely. The group also has a delivery platform that will allow the public to easily access the Library’s public domain books, as well as items from the collections of other HathiTrust partners.
The New York Public Library was created in 1895 with the consolidation of the private libraries of John Jacob Astor and James Lenox with the Samuel Jones Tilden Trust. The Library provides free and open access to its physical and electronic collections and information, as well as to its services. Research and circulating collections combined total more than 50 million items. In addition, each year the Library presents thousands of exhibitions and public programs, which include classes in technology, literacy, and English for speakers of other languages. All in all The New York Public Library serves more than 17 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at www.nypl.org.