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Accessing Copyrighted Ebooks in HathiTrust

The HathiTrust is a large digital library bringing together materials from Google Books, the Internet Archive, libraries at HathiTrust partner institutions (including the UT Libraries), and other commercial digitization projects.

Much of their content is under copyright, but with physical library closures due the COVID-19 pandemic, the HathiTrust has opened copyrighted content that duplicates the print holdings of participating libraries. This means that you can access digital copies of much of the UT Libraries' print collections while our buildings are temporarily closed. Each copyrighted ebook is limited to one UT Austin user at a time. Ebooks are read-only and not downloadable. 

The process of "checking out" a HathiTrust copyrighted ebook is complicated. To aid in this process, please use this tutorial. If you have questions about using HathiTrust, please contact us through our Ask A Librarian services.

Step 1

Go through the Libraries' proxied link, below:

Step 2

Click on the yellow "Log In" button. 

Step 3

Choose "The University of Texas at Austin" from the drop-down menu of partner institutions. 

Image of drop-down menu listing names of participating intstitutions, required for login to database

Step 4

Log in with with your UT EID and password. Please note that this only applies to current UT Austin faculty, staff, and students.

Step 5

From the default search page, click on "Advanced catalog search," just below the search box. Screenshot of HathiTrust search home page

Step 6

Search for your desired text. We recommend using a Title and Author search in the Advanced Catalog Search. Screenshot of Advanced Catalog Search set to Title and Author

Step 7

Once you find your desired book in the search results, click on "Temporary access". 

Image of search results in Hathi Trust for the book "Sister Outside" with the link to Temporary Access circled

Step 8

You will then see a page with an orange banner indicating the book is available. Click the "Check Out" button to access the ebook. Image of banner indicating temporary access of ebook, with the "Check Out" button circled.

Step 9

You should now be able to read your selected book. Note the orange banner at the top of the e-reader with check out times and details. If you finish your book early, click the "Return Early" button and close your browser. This makes the book available to other UT Austin readers. Please remember that all ebooks are read-only and you cannot download them. 

**Note: If you are accessing a required course text through the HathiTrust, it is especially important that you "return" ebooks when you are done. This allows other students in the class to access them.**

Image of the top banner of the HathiTrust e-reader, with check out times and details, and the "Return Early" button to "return' the ebook.

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