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Connect with digitized materials from libraries around the world.

Looking to access digitized materials online? You can with HathiTrust. Items available through HathiTrust can be accessed from the item's HOLLIS record or directly at HathiTrust.

Partnering with academic and research institutions, HathiTrust lets users access to millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. Typically, books in the public domain can be viewed in full by all users, and items held in copyright are searchable. At this time, additional items are available to the Harvard Community through HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access.

How it works

  • You must Log In to HathiTrust as Harvard University.
  • “Temporary Access” books can be read only online.
  • You can Check Out a book for 1 hour. Your access will renew automatically at the end of that hour, unless another user requests the book after that hour is over. 
  • Use the Return Early button to make it available for another user. 
  • To read a book that is being used by someone else, you will need to check back periodically
  • If you need help accessing a book through HathiTrust, contact Ask a Librarian.

What is Emergency Temporary Access?

As an emergency measure due to COVID-19 restrictions, HathiTrust is opening up the full text for nearly 2 million copyright-protected items, provided Harvard Library owns a physical copy. 

Through the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS), Harvard Library users with a valid HarvardKey may lawfully access specific digitized versions of physical books held by Harvard, due to the temporary disruption in library services. These items may be protected by copyright law but are made available through Temporary Access due to involuntary closure of the library. No further reproduction or distribution is permitted by any means without the permission of the copyright holder.

Which in-copyright books are eligible?

If the work is available in digital form in HathiTrust, and Harvard has the physical book in its collection, users will usually be able to access the digital version. We say "usually" because the access is also based on matching OCLC numbers in HOLLIS and HathiTrust, for data in HOLLIS based on a 2018 snapshot.

Materials currently available via the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service will continue to be free to access as long as access to the Library's physical collections remains substantially disrupted.

For Instructors

  • If there is a specific title you plan to use, please submit it through the Course Reserves tool and the Library will do its best to make it available to your students. This will ensure availability of materials beyond HathiTrust's ETAS window.
  • As always, early awareness of your reserve requests will be enormously helpful.

HathiTrust Accessibility 

As a partner of HathiTrust, Harvard Library can provide eligible patrons with print disabilities special access to all digitized in-copyright material in the HathiTrust Digital Library.

Eligible patrons are affiliates of Harvard University who have a print disability for which access to digital copies of library books is a reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

A print disability may be defined as the inability to access print due to a visual, perceptual, or physical disability. This may include blindness, low-vision, learning disabilities, or the inability to hold a book. 

For more information, contact Harvard Library at hlproxy@harvard.edu or the local disability coordinator for your school.