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HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service

HathitTrust logoWe are happy to announce temporary online access to about half of our print collections through our active membership in HathiTrust. This Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) is possible as long as the current public health crisis keeps our physical facilities closed. Access for Cornell faculty, students, and staff can be obtained directly through links added to our library catalog. In addition, 6.7 million books can always be explored in full text through the HathiTrust Digital Library.


The service:

  • is available to current Cornell students, faculty, and staff
  • requires logon with Cornell NetID and password
  • allows access to authorized individuals to in-copyright titles that the library owns in print
  • allows reading the book online, in the web browser
  • will deactivate when we regain access to our print collections

General Service Overview

Information and FAQs for Library Staff, Faculty, and Students

Using the ETAS while the Library re-activates

Now that the Library is re-activating scanning and curbside circulation services, we are not able to circulate the physical books or journal issues we hold that are represented in HathiTrust ETAS, or to scan the entire works. This is so that we can assure continued access to the service for the extended, worldwide Cornell community. However, there are important exceptions to the scanning rule:

1) If an article or book chapter is needed for course reserves and the instructor will restrict access to the copy to participants in the course. If this is the case, the instructor may place a request for the material through the course reserves staff:

2) If a researcher needs an article from a journal that CUL holds in physical form, but that Hathi holds partially, but not fully in electronic format. For instance, if we have a full run of a journal, but Hathi only has a few issues, and you need an article from an issue that is not represented in Hathi. If this is the case, place a request through ScanIt and specify the missing issue situation in the notes field:

3) If for some reason the HathiTrust online version is insufficient for the researcher's needs, Cornell may be able to supply a short section or chapter. Place a request for a scan using the ScanIt service, and when the email response comes back, reply to the email to indicate your preferences. Staff will work within Fair Use guidelines to address your request.