Millions of U of T Library books now accessible online via HathiTrust Digital Library

May 1, 2020 by Department of Art History

On April 30, 2020, Larry Alford, Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries, announced that the University of Toronto has signed an agreement to participate in the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). The full announcement is posted below and also available online on the UTL Communications website.

The University of Toronto is now a participant in the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). This means that during the U of T library closure due to COVID-19, current students and faculty can read digitized versions of more than 2.5 million of the library’s in-copyright print books that have been deposited in the HathiTrust Digital Library. 

The Emergency Temporary Access Service enables:   

  • Students, faculty and staff to log in to HathiTrust and view all books published before 2004 that HathiTrust has verified as being held in U of T Libraries' print collection, even if in copyright.  
  • Students, faculty and staff to read and search these books online. Single page downloads are available. Books cannot be downloaded in full.   
  • For each copy of a work in our collection, one simultaneous checkout will be allowed.  

The ETAS collection will only be available while our physical libraries are closed. 

To access the collection  

U of T students and faculty can visit the HathiTrust Digital Library and log in with their UTORid and password.  

Can’t find what you’re looking for? UTL may be able to provide access through other means. Contact them for assistance:
Students | Faculty please contact your Liaison Librarian 

UTL’s partnership with HathiTrust 

This arrangement, which respects Canadian copyright law, has been made possible by the University of Toronto Libraries’ membership in HathiTrust – a nonprofit partnership of academic and research institutions which preserves digitized books, journals and other print materials, and makes them as accessible as possible under copyright law. 

In addition to the digitized books held by HathiTrust which are also in our print collection, all library users continue to have access to more than 6.7 million public domain and Creative Commons-licensed works in HathiTrust, including the ability to download the full text of those works.  

By offering this service HathiTrust is helping the University of Toronto Libraries continue to support teaching and research while we are physically distancing to protect the health of our community. 

Learn more about U of T's HathiTrust membership