Last Updated: Apr 06, 2020     Views: 178

HathiTrust digitizes materials, whether they are in-copyright or the public domain. Usually, only the public domain material is available full-text. However, in response to the Covid-19 crisis, HathiTrust is implementing an Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) program. With this program, Hathi is opening it's collection and allowing library users to access eBooks that are still in-copyright and held by the library in print. This program allows access to many books that are not available in an electronic version on any other platform.

To get access to the Hathi's expanded collection of eBooks, go to Hathi's website and login by pressing the yellow button that says "LOG IN" at the top edge of the webpage. 

screenshot of Hathi Homepage showing the LOGIN button

Once you press, "LOG IN," you'll have to search for your institution. Each Claremont College and TCCS are listed individually. 

Institution Search box opened on Hathi webpage

After you select your institution, you'll be asked to login through CAS, if you are not already logged in.

Once you are logged in, you are ready to search. As you are searching, you will come across materials that say "Temporary Access." These are the materials that are available because of the Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) and they can be checked out.

Search results on Hathi, shows "temporary access" link

To check out the book, click the "Temporary Access" link. You will then be brought to a page that allows you to check out and access the book for one hour. Your access will automatically renew for an hour, unless another patron is waiting for the book. 

Hathi page that has the check out link

You might run across a notice when you try to check out an eBook that says, “All available copies are in use.” This means that another Claremont Colleges user is accessing the material and you'll have to check back later. The number of users allowed to access an eBook at any given time corresponds to the number of print copies held by the library. So for example, if we own 2 copies of a book, 2 users can access the e-version on Hathi's platform. 

It is also important to note that these eBooks available through the Emergency Temporary Access Service must be viewed in an internet browser and are not available for download due to copyright restrictions. Other HathiTrust materials in the public domain are available for download, as usual. 

If you'd like more information about Hathi's Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) you can check out their Information for Users page.

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