HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service

The Image: HathitTrust logoCornell University community has temporary online access to about half of our print collections through our active membership in HathiTrust through May 26, 2021. This Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) is for Cornell faculty, students, and staff, and 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. PLEASE NOTE: This service will be discontinued and the circulation of physical holdings will be restored on May 26, 2021.

In addition to restored physical access, the library will continue to provide several services to support both local and remote patrons, including scanning, contactless pickup, ordering ebooks, and mailing books to Cornell users who are unable to come to campus. 

Items that are in copyright will still be available for full-text search in the HathiTrust Digital Library, and patrons can continue full access to HathiTrust items in the public domain or through Creative Commons licensing. These titles are marked “Full view” in HathiTrust's catalog. Because Cornell is a HathiTrust member, Cornell students, faculty, and staff may log in to HathiTrust using the institutional login and password and download full PDFs of those items.

The ETAS 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 has re-activated scanning and curbside circulation services, physical books and journal issues we hold that are represented in HathiTrust ETAS are only available to consult on library premises. The Library is not able or to scan the entire works in HathiTrust ETAS. 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: https://www.library.cornell.edu/reserves/tools/submit

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: https://www.library.cornell.edu/services/request/scan-it

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. https://www.library.cornell.edu/services/request/scan-it