HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service

In response to library closures due to COVID-19, HathiTrust has made over 830,000 in-copyright book and journal volumes from the University of Waterloo Library's print collection available online for our students, faculty and staff.

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Under this new program any print book held in the Library's collection that is also contained in the HathiTrust Digital Library can be accessed by faculty, staff and students for full-text, online reading.

In addition to the digitized books held by HathiTrust in Waterloo's print collection, all library users have access to more than 4.4 million public domain and Creative Commons-licensed works in HathiTrust.

Access to in-copyright materials is temporary. This access is provided through HathiTrust's Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS), a service that is only available while the Library's print collection is not available for circulation or consultation due to the current COVID-19 situation.

As per the terms of agreement with HathiTrust, items available online through ETAS are not eligible for the Library's print pick-up service.

How can I access HathiTrust materials?

HathiTrust login screenshotWaterloo students, faculty and staff can log in to the HathiTrust website by:

  1. Clicking the yellow login button
  2. Finding and selecting "University of Waterloo" in the list of partner institutions
  3. Logging in with your Waterloo userid and password

Once you have logged in, you will be able to search and use the HathiTrust Digital Library. Remember that works in the public domain can be downloaded, while in-copyright materials made available through ETAS can only be read online. ETAS materials will be labelled Temporary Access in your search results.

Records will also be included shortly in our library catalogue.

Can't find what you’re looking for? We may be able to provide access through other means. Ask us.

Please note that:

  • Users will have 60 minutes of access to the item on the HathiTrust website during any session. Items will automatically be renewed if you remain active on the item and no other user has requested it.
  • Access to in-copyright materials will be suspended once access to Waterloo's print collections is reinstated.
  • The number of copies available for each book coincides with the number of print copies Waterloo owns. If all copies are in use, users can request it but must wait until one is released.
  • This service is intended for individual research use and cannot accommodate group use.

Terms of use statement

  • Digital works that have been made available through HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) are solely for the use of a student, staff member, or faculty member of a participating Canadian institution solely on the basis of fair dealing for the purposes of research, private study, education, parody, satire, criticism or review. You may only view and access these digital works for the foregoing purpose(s) during any period that these digital works are made available by the library.
  • By using the ETAS, you agree not to download, reproduce, affix, distribute, transmit, disseminate, communicate, or make any other use of works obtained through the ETAS. Any such use may be an infringement of copyright if done without securing the permission of the copyright owner.
  • You may not distribute, email or otherwise communicate any materials obtained through the ETAS to any other person. For further guidance, access HathiTrust’s ETAS Terms of Service or contact copyright@uwaterloo.ca.