HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) to Copyrighted Books


April 6, 2020

HathiTrust, a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items, has opened up copyrighted material in their digital library to member institutions with copies of those items in their physical collections.

This means that any books available through HathiTrust which are also in the University of Miami Libraries’ (UML) collections are now available online to UM faculty, students, and staff. HathiTrust’s online collection contains more than 40% of UML’s print collection.

To access this resource:

  1. Visit https://www.hathitrust.org and click the yellow “LOG IN” button.
  2. Select “University of Miami” and log in using your CaneID and password.
  3. Enter your search term in the search bar and select the “Search HathiTrust” button to submit your search.
  4. When your search results load, you will see the following:
    • Books that have the label “Temporary Access” are made available to you temporarily. Select the “Check Out” button to read the book.
    • Books that have the label “Full View” are either in the public domain or were opened with permission from the copyright holder. You have regular access to these books, which includes being able to read the entire book online, and logged-in members can download the entire book. Select the “Full View” link to open the book.
    • Books that have the label “Limited (search-only)” are restricted, and you cannot read or download them, even through the Emergency Temporary Access Service. You can, however, search within the books.

Click here for more detailed instructions, including how to use the service on a mobile phone or tablet.

Click here for frequently asked questions about the service.

For help with access to these and other digital resources at the University of Miami Libraries, please email askalibrarian@miami.edu.