May 24, 2022

HathiTrust Announces Emergency Temporary Access Service

UPDATE April 7, 2020 University Libraries Offer Online “Lending” of Scanned In-Copyright Books (via ars technica)

End Update

The Emergency Temporary Access Service permits special access for HathiTrust member libraries located in the U.S. that suffer an unexpected or involuntary, temporary disruption to normal operations, such as closure for a public health emergency, requiring the library to be closed to its patrons, or otherwise restrict print collection access services.

The service makes it possible for member library patrons to obtain lawful access to specific digital materials in HathiTrust that correspond to physical books held by their own library. The Emergency Temporary Access Service will enable many HathiTrust member libraries to continue supporting the teaching, learning, and research mission of their institutions during said disruption in service.

Main Features

For qualifying libraries that have implemented the service, the Students, Faculty, and Staff at their library may take advantage of the expanded access for a limited time depending on the operational status of their library. They will have:

  • Continued access to the scholarly record of print collections held by their home institution with a digitized copy in HathiTrust.

  • Reading access to the book online, within a web browser. There is no option to download the work in full.

  • Ability to “check out” a copy for a limited period of time with an auto-renew feature for books still in use. Access to items is 1-1; 1 copy on the member library shelf, 1 individual access to the digital copy; 2 copies, 2 concurrent users of the digital item.

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