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HathiTrust and Collections Access

HathiTrust and Emergency Temporary Access (ETAS)

On August 16, 2021, HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access (ETAS) will end, which removes links to the ebooks we had through ETAS from the catalog and permits us to restore in-person access to our physical collections. The PCL book stacks will reopen to users on August 17, and book stacks in other UT Libraries' locations will reopen on August 23. Please see our hours by location. Users may continue to request items through the Pick it Up service and visit books stacks across UT Libraries locations to browse and retrieve their own materials. Please see the websites for the Harry Ransom Center, Briscoe Center, and Law Library for information regarding their collections.


What is HathiTrust and what is the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access (ETAS)?
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 opened copyrighted content that duplicates the physical books owned by participating libraries. This means that you could access digital copies of approximately 40% of the UT Libraries' print books while UT Libraries' stacks were closed.

Who has access to titles available through the HathiTrust ETAS?
Current students, faculty and staff have had this access, which will continue until August 16. UT Official Retirees and UT Extension Students are excluded from this access because of HathiTrust's strict definitions and added layer of authentication.

Why can't we keep HathiTrust ETAS when we reopen the stacks?
To continue this special digital viewing access, we have maintained strict licensing and viewing restrictions under the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary 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 library branch. If you requested a physical item that was duplicated in the HathiTrust, your request was turned down and a link to the ebook was provided.

What do I do between August 16 and 23 if a book I want is in a library location that hasn't opened yet?
Place a Pick it Up request for the book in the Library Catalog and we will have it delivered to PCL for you to check out.

I am unable to find an ebook that I used to be able to access.
After August 16, the end of our HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access (ETAS), all links to those ETAS ebooks are stripped from the catalog, leaving only print versions available. Any books we continue to have access to through our regular HathiTrust license will still be linked in the catalog.

Is anything still going to be available in HathiTrust after August 16?
Yes. Out of copyright/public domain books (as defined by HathiTrust) are available digitally in HathiTrust. You can access them through links in the catalog or through the HathiTrust database.

Questions about using HathiTrust?
Please contact Shiela Winchester.


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