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Libraries Services Continuity

HathiTrust and Collections Access


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 HathiTrust’s full text content is unavailable due to copyright restrictions, but with physical library closures due to COVID-19, HathiTrust has opened copyrighted content that duplicates the physical books owned by participating libraries. This means that you can access digital copies of many of the UT Libraries' print books.

To continue this special digital access, we must maintain strict access guidelines under the HathiTrust Emergency Access agreement. This includes no access to or loaning of physical items duplicated in HathiTrust, no InterLibrary loans of these duplicates, and no scanning of them from any branch. If you request a physical item that is duplicated in the HathiTrust, your request will be turned down and a link to the ebook will be provided. If you have questions about using the HathiTrust, please contact Shiela Winchester.

We are continuing this digital access so that the majority of the UT community can use our library collections, including faculty, staff, and students who are outside of Austin and working entirely remotely. It ensures equity of access, which is a top UT Libraries priority during this stressful and uncertain time.

Note: UT Official Retirees and UT Extension Students are excluded from this access because of HathiTrust's strict definitions and added layer of authentication.


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