HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service extended through spring 2021

The Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) provided by HathiTrust will continue through the spring 2021 semester. ETAS allows access to digital materials that correspond to physical books held by HathiTrust member institutions that have been forced to close or restrict print access during the pandemic. As the University community has been working, teaching, and learning in new ways and often far from Grounds, the service has made a massive portion of the Library’s print collection newly available to patrons online, allowing us to offer critical equitable access to faculty, staff, and students, regardless of their location. The service has also enabled some professors to use texts in their courses that would be otherwise unobtainable in sufficient quantity by the Library and available only through individual purchase by students, if at all.

Graphic of HathiTrust logo, an elephant's head, with the addition of a face mask

The HathiTrust elephant, appropriately attired for the times. (image: HathiTrust)

The ETAS resource is simple to use online. ETAS does not require the user to request and wait for a digital scan, and items are usually immediately available to be read. HathiTrust ETAS items are discoverable in Virgo, the Library’s catalog. See details and step-by-step instructions.

ETAS, which began in April, has been a valuable resource for UVA users, with nearly 14,000 uses as of mid-November. Since May, numbers have increased each month, with September seeing 3,411 uses, and October reaching more than 3,500. ETAS has provided equity of access to literally millions of items from our catalog that were previously unavailable online, and we are grateful to HathiTrust for their continuance of this support.

As always, faculty, staff, or students experiencing challenges with any information resource should contact the Library. Reach out to the appropriate subject liaison (filter directory by Subject Specialty), or simply Ask A Librarian online.

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