In 2009, IU's Folklore and Ethnomusicology Collection was digitized as the first "Collection of Distinction" in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) agreement with Google. The result is an online discovery tool that respects the intellectual integrity of the collection and opens new opportunities for research.

Q: When will the folklore collection appear online?

All the books are fully searchable online either in Google Books or in Hathi , but only some books are fully readable online here's the breakdown: 

  • Full text online (books in the public domain--generally, those published before 1923, and books that have been "opened" online with the permission of the rights holder).
  • Limited preview (if the author or publisher has given permission).
  • Snippets (shows your search terms in context only)

Q: If most of the books are not in full text online, what's the point?

You can search the full text of all books in Google Books or in Hathi. This is a useful research and discovery tool for finding specific information inside a book. The search results will give a title and page number where the information was found, and with this information you can borrow them in print from the Folklore Collection.

Q: What happened to the original books?

The Libraries will retain at least one copy of every print book in the collection, and they will continue to circulate to patrons as they always have.