Access to 830,000 items through new HathiTrust emergency service

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

University of Waterloo is now a member of the HathiTrust, an international community of research libraries with more than 150 members, chiefly in the U.S. and Canada, which, collectively, has preserved more than 17 million digitized print items.

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

"I am delighted to share with the University of Waterloo community the news that the Library has joined hundreds of libraries world-wide in shaping the future of the HathiTrust Digital Library. Through the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service, the Library can effectively provide digital access to hundreds of thousands of print materials from our collections that are not accessible to our user community during the COVID-19 pandemic."

-BETH NAMACHCHIVAYA, University Librarian

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.

Waterloo students, faculty and staff can login 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

Records for HathiTrust items will also be available soon via the library catalogue.

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. As a courtesy to others, please check the item back in when not in use.
  • Access to in-copyright materials will be suspended once access to Waterloo's print collections is reinstated.
  • Use of materials through the HathiTrust ETAS service is governed by the ETAS terms of use.
  • 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.

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

Waterloo Library's partnership with HathiTrust

This arrangement has been made possible via University of Waterloo Library’s membership in HathiTrust — a non-profit partnership of academic and research institutions that preserves digitized books, journals and other print materials, and makes them as accessible as possible.

By offering this service HathiTrust is helping us to continue to support teaching and research while we are physically distancing to protect the health of our community.

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