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Yale University Library eBooks: HathiTrust: Emergency Temporary Access

HathiTrust Emergency Access Ends August 16

Yale faculty, students, and staff may access digital copies of collection items that are in the public domain via Hathi Trust. These titles will show in our online catalog with the location “HathiTrust Digital Library.”  See the “Using HathiTrust E-books” video for more information. Please note that the Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) for in-copyright HathiTrust titles ended on Aug. 16, 2021 with the exception of access for users with print disabilities.


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HathiTrust Help - Using the Digital Library:

ETAS Information for Libraries:

ETAS Information for Users:

Support for this service is available via the HathiTrust User Support Team at or by clicking the "Feedback" link at the top of any HathiTrust page.

Please send any questions to Ask Yale Library.

General Information

The Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) via HathiTrust is now live for Yale University faculty, students, and staff. The ETAS service provides the Yale community with access to both public domain digitized books in HathiTrust as well as in-copyright and copyright-undetermined volumes that match Yale's print holdings.

Yale has e-book access to as many simultaneous user copies as we have print copies in our physical collections. For example, if Yale has one copy of a title on our shelf, we have single user access to the digital copy; if we have two copies, we have two concurrent user access to the digital copy, etc. This service will be available to Yale users for as long as the current emergency situation continues. Records representing the HathiTrust digitized materials will be added to the catalog soon and once available there, will display as "temporary access."

How does it work?
  • After arriving at the HathiTrust site online, you MUST log in using the large orange "LOG IN" button at the top right of the site. 
  • Choose "Yale University" in the partner institution box and select CONTINUE. 
  • Enter your Yale Net ID and password when prompted.
  • When you locate an eligible book, you will see an orange banner that says "Access to this work is provided through the Emergency Temporary Access Service" and a "Check Out" button. 
  • Select the "Check Out" button (see image below)
  • Your check-out period will display in the orange banner across the top of the screen (see image below)
  • You receive read-only access to the book online in your web browser; you cannot download the work in full but may download a single page.
  • Use the "Return Early" button if you are done using the title. This option will make the title available for other users.

A screen capture from HathiTrust. It reads, "Access to this work is provided through the Emergency Temporary Access Service," with a button that reads, "Check Out"A screen capture from HathiTrust. It reads, "This work is checked out to you until 10:03AM March 25,. You may be able to renew the book. Access to this work is provided through the Emergency Temporary Access Service," with a button that reads, "Return Early."





See the video below for a short demonstration of HathiTrust.

Using HathiTrust E-books (video)