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What is the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS)?

The University of Toronto is now a participant in the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). This means that during the U of T library closure due to COVID-19, current students and faculty can read digitized versions of the library’s in-copyright print books that have been deposited in the HathiTrust Digital Library. 

The Emergency Temporary Access Service enables:   

  • Students, faculty and staff to log in to HathiTrust and view all books published before 2004 that HathiTrust has verified as being held in U of T Libraries' print collection, even if in copyright.  
  • Students, faculty and staff to read and search these books online. Books cannot be downloaded in full.   
  • For each copy of a work in our collection, one simultaneous checkout will be allowed.

UTL’s partnership with HathiTrust 

This arrangement, which respects Canadian copyright law, has been made possible by the University of Toronto Libraries’ membership in HathiTrust – a nonprofit partnership of academic and research institutions which preserves digitized books, journals and other print materials, and makes them as accessible as possible under copyright law. 

In addition to the digitized books held by HathiTrust which are also in our print collection, all library users continue to have access to more than 6.7 million public domain and Creative Commons-licensed works in HathiTrust, including the ability to download the full text of those works.  

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

Contact us for assistance: Students | Faculty please contact your Liaison Librarian 

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