Summon, TULibraries primary discovery platform, can be used to search public domain e-books in HathiTrust. Simply perform a keyword search in Summon and then limit your results in the left-hand column to Book / eBook under Source Type. For more information about Summon and HathiTrust see the blog post written by Jonathan LeBreton, TULibraries' Senior Associate University Librarian, titled A Million e-Books Added to Summon, Our New Search Engine.
Begun in 2008, HathiTrust Digital Library is first and foremost a digital preservation repository. It is also a highly functional access platform. HathiTrust provides long-term preservation and access to both public domain and in-copyright content, digitized books and other media such as journals scanned from the collections of major libraries and other sources. These include Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives. Today eighty academic libraries and other major research institutions are members of HathiTrust. Temple University Libraries joined in 2013.
Anyone with an internet connection can access most HathiTrust content in the public domain, currently about 3,000,000 titles published prior to 1924. By way of comparison, TULibraries owns in print approximately 250,000 of the public domain titles currently accessible in HathiTrust Digital Library. Benefits to Temple affiliates include the following: