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Emergency Temporary Access to Copyrighted Books

The HathiTrust.org Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) has opened up copyrighted material in the HathiTrust digital library to member institutions with copies of those items in their physical collections. UC students, faculty, and staff can now access 13 million digitized books through HathiTrust, the vast majority of which were published before 2005. Use your UCSF credentials to login to the HathiTrust Digital Library, and then check-out in copyright books for online reading access for renewable one-hour loans. You can also still, as before, read and download public domain books at will.

To take advantage of this temporary expanded access:

  1. Visit HathiTrust.org and click the yellow “LOG IN” button.
  2. Select “University of California, San Francisco” and log in using your MyAccess credentials.
  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 (ETAS).

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. 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. 

HathiTrust’s Top Three Tips for Users:

  1. Log-in, Log-in, Log-in!
    Temporary Access books available from your library’s collection are available only when you log-in to HathiTrust using your normal institutional log-in and password. 
  2. Check out an item only when you plan to use it.
    Each Temporary Access book has an initial check-out period of 60 minutes. If you remain active in the book during any session, access time will be extended. If you do not remain active, it will be released for use by other users on your campus.
  3. Use step-by-step instructions for computer/mobile access.
    See ETAS-How-To

If you have questions or concerns, please visit HathiTrust’s ETAS FAQs or submit them to feedback@issues.hathitrust.org.

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