Millions of books from PUL's print collection now available online through new HathiTrust emergency service

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Please note that beginning June 8 when the PUL book pick-up service begins, access to the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) will no longer be available to PUL faculty, students and staff. ETAS was established to provide temporary online access to millions of books from PUL's print collection, including in-copyright materials, while there was no access to our physical collections.

In response to COVID-19, HathiTrust Digital Library has made millions of books from Princeton University Library’s (PUL) print collection available online for all Princeton students, faculty, and staff. The Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) includes in-copyright material.

As libraries across the U.S. must limit or close access to their physical collections, ETAS aims to aid HathiTrust’s U.S.-based member libraries that have suffered an unexpected or involuntary disruption to normal operations as a result of the ongoing pandemic. The new service provides remote access to nearly half of PUL’s print collection. 

Princeton users can access the digitized collections in the following ways: 

  • Search the PUL catalog: Records that are accessible through HathiTrust will now read “Temporary Digital Access from HathiTrust.” 
  • Search the HathiTrust catalog: Log in at the top right of the HathiTrust website with your Princeton netID credentials. Authenticate with Duo. Search for a topic of your choice. Materials labeled with “Temporary Access” links are available to view. Further instructions are available on the HathiTrust website.

Users will have 60 minutes of access to the book on the HathiTrust website during any session. Books will be automatically renewed if you remain active on the item and no other user has requested it. While full downloads are not permitted, users may download individual pages. 

The number of copies available for each book coincides with the number of print copies PUL owns. If PUL owns three copies of an item, for example, three Princeton affiliates can access the book at any given time. If all copies are in use, users can request it but must wait until one is released. 

This service is intended for individual research use and at this time, cannot accommodate group use (such as for a course). Access to in-copyright materials will be suspended once access to PUL’s print collections is reinstated. 

HathiTrust is a non-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries that preserves, digitizes, and increases online access to collections.  

If you have questions about the service or need more detailed help, please contact your subject librarian or the Ask Us service.

Written by Stephanie Ramirez, Communications Specialist and Staff Writer

Media contact: Barbara Valenza, Director of Library Communications