HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC)

Facilitating non-profit and educational uses of the HathiTrust Digital Library by enabling computational analysis of public domain works

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) facilitates non-profit and educational uses of the HathiTrust Digital Library by enabling computational analysis of public domain works and (on limited terms) in-copyright works from its collection. The HTRC is a collaborative research center launched jointly by Indiana University and the University of Illinois, along with the HathiTrust Digital Library, and managed within the Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University.

HTRC provides services to help meet the technical challenges of dealing with massive amounts of digital text that researchers face in working with the HathiTrust Digital Library. In developing cutting-edge software tools and cyberinfrastructure to enable advanced computational access to the growing digital record of human knowledge. The center works at the cutting edge of text mining, and non-consumptive research, allowing scholars to fully utilize content of the HathiTrust Library while preventing intellectual property misuse within the confines of current U.S. copyright law. This expertise for HTRC is strengthened by IU operational units’ extensive experience in cybersecurity and research cyberinfrastructure.


The overall leadership of the HTRC is driven by our Executive Leadership Committee chaired by our Co-Directors J. Stephen Downie and John Walsh. The Executive Management Team reports to the Executive Director of HathiTrust Digital Library.
J. Stephen Downie


J. Stephen Downie

Professor and Associate Dean for Research

School of Information Sciences

University of Illinois

John Walsh


John Walsh

Associate Professor of Information and Library Science

School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering

Indiana University


The HathiTrust Research Center supports new knowledge creation through novel computational uses of the HathiTrust Digital Library.


  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant ($1.1 Million) Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis+Data Capsule (WCSA+DC)
  • IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Grant ($400K) - Digging Deeper, Reaching Further: Libraries Empowering Users to Mine the HathiTrust Digital Library Resources
  • IMLS National Leadership Grant ($320K) - Data Capsule Appliance For Research Analysis Of Restricted And Sensitive Data In Academic Libraries
  • Three Successful Advanced Collaborative Support (ACS) Funded rounds of collaboration with researchers at:
      • Augsberg College
      • Brown University
      • Depaul University
      • Illinois Institute of Technology
      • Indiana University
      • McGill University
      • Michigan State University
      • Northeastern University
      • Texas A&M University
      • University of California-Berkeley
      • University of Iowa
      • University of Alberta
      • University of Notre Dame

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HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC)
Communication Services Building
2715 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47408

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