HathiTrust is one of the best things ever. They work to bring together the immense collections of partner institutions in digital form which will preserve them for future generations while making the materials more widely accessible today.
To learn more about HathiTrust, check out their About page.
If you don’t have access to one of the site’s partners (there are over 100), you definitely want to check out the Not with a Partner Institution link. It explains what you’ll have access to and how you can get a University of Michigan Friend Account.
Navigation of the collection materials is easy! Just use the search engine to browse their full-text offerings. Beneath that search field there are also three more options of things you can do. You can Browse Collections, Read Books Online, or Read Books on the Go!
I really like the Browse Collections section because you can see the Featured Collections, and even choose to navigate by looking at the most recently updated collections.
Go check out this awesome resource and read free digital books today!