HathiTrust Provides Emergency Temporary Access to Copyrighted Books

HathiTrust Digital Library has taken an important step to open copyrighted material in their digital library to member institutions with copies of those items in their physical collections. This emergency, temporary service expands access significantly beyond the millions of digitized public domain volumes currently available via HathiTrust.

UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff now have access to content based from across all UC holdings. This means that any books available through HathiTrust which are also in UC San Diego’s or another UC’s collections will be available online without the additional step of requesting a digital scan. HathiTrust’s online collection contains hundreds of thousands of books from UC San Diego Library’s collections and this service opens digital access to approximately 52% of our print holdings.

UC San Diego Library faculty, staff and students logging in to HathiTrust should now be able to access content from across UC holdings

To take advantage of this temporary expanded access:

  1. Visit www.hathitrust.org and click the yellow “LOG IN” button.
  2. Select “University of California San Diego” and log in using your campus credentials (Business Systems, Student SSO, or Active Directory).
  3. Search the HathiTrust digital library to locate the item you wish to view.
  4. Click on the Temporary Access link at the bottom of the record to Check Out the item through the Emergency Temporary Access Service.

You will have 60 minutes of access to an in-copyright book during the session. If you remain active in the book during the session, access time will be extended. You are not able to download the book or save single pages as a PDF; you may read it online in an active session while using HathiTrust. This access model is intended to address the unique access needs of this moment while still protecting the author’s rights.

It is important to note that this is a temporary service. Emergency access will end when regular access to UC library’s physical collection is restored. 

If you need help with access or have other questions or concerns, please Email a Librarian

For technical assistance, you can also reach out to feedback@issues.hathitrust.org.