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HathiTrust: Introduction

HathiTrust provides scanned books and other materials.

Temporary Access to scanned books while the libraries are closed

We now have access to in-copyright books that are also in our print collections through HathiTrust. (Out-of-copyright books in HathiTrust have long been accessible and downloadable by Virginia Tech users.)

Start by using the yellow Login button, choosing Virginia Tech, and logging in with your PID/password/2nd factor. (Only current employees and students can log in; retirees are not allowed access.)

Search for your book (probably by title). If HathiTrust has a scanned copy AND Virginia Tech has a copy in our print collection, you'll see a Temporary Access link. Clicking that link will allow reading of the book in your browser (you cannot download in-copyright books).

The book you are reading will be checked out to you for one hour and inaccessible to other people during that time. Provided no one else at VT tries to access the same title, your checkout will automatically renew. Users trying to access an in-use book will see a message to wait for access.

What is HathiTrust?

HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaborative of over 150 academic and research libraries, preserving 17+ million digitized items. HathiTrust offers reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law,computational access to the entire corpus for scholarly research, and other emerging services based on the combined collection. HathiTrust stewards this collection under the aims of scholarly, not corporate, interests.

Virginia Tech University Libraries joined HathiTrust in 2012. Catalog records for HathiTrust's items can be found through Discovery Search on the University Libraries home page, in WorldCat Discovery, and through Google. For maximum access to HathiTrust content, log in with your VT PID and password through VT's secure Shibboleth.

Print disability contact

If you are eligible for print disability services through Virginia Tech, under U.S. copyright law, you may obtain an accessible copy of ANY BOOK in the HathiTrust collection. Contact Robert Sebek for more information: or 540-231-1849.

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