New digital borrowing for IU books

Access an expanded selection of digitized books through the HathiTrust Digital Library.

Now available in the HathiTrust Digital Library: Full-text, digitized books that IU Libraries owns in print format. 

Founded in 2008 by a collaborative of the universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (now the Big Ten Academic Alliance), and the University of California system, HathiTrust preserves 17+ million digitized print items. Of these, 6.7 million titles are in the public domain or are Creative Commons-licensed works and available with no reading charges to everyone.

Additionally, through this temporary arrangement, Indiana University students, faculty, and staff will now log in to HathiTrust to read copyrighted titles in the collection that IU Libraries owns in print format. This will make 1.73 million additional items available while the collection is closed for print circulation. 

Users will be able to read the book online in the web browser, but will not be able to download the work in full.  Check out periods are in one-hour increments, which can be extended as long as another user has not requested access.

HathiTrust members steward this collection — the largest set of digitized books managed by academic and research libraries — under the aims of scholarly interests. The books accessed through Emergency Temporary Access Service are made available under the fair use sections of the United States Copyright Act. Copyright protections still exist for many of these books. 


Why it matters

“This new access just now helped me direct one of my graduate students to access a book they need for their Ph.D. defense that I couldn't get just a few days ago. The digitized copies in HathiTrust were search-only access and we are not circulating materials. Since we own the print version of the title, it is now activated for their use in the digital library."

- IU Librarian sharing her first experience with the Emergency Temporary Access Service

"This is going to be amazing. The folklorists at IU will be particularly happy since the entire folklore collection was digitized and went into the HathiTrust as of summer 2009. This is a game-changer!"

- Moira Marsh, Librarian for Anthropology, Folklore, and Sociology