The COVID-19 crisis has put the library’s physical collection temporarily out of reach. Fortunately, the HathiTrust Digital Library — a collaborative of academic and research libraries with a collection of 17+ million digitized items — holds copies of many of these works.
Now, those digital copies, including those that are copyright protected, are available online to authenticated U-M affiliates. To use the service, go to HathiTrust and log in with your U-M credentials. For step-by-step instructions about how to access HathiTrust items from our library catalog, see our guide to Finding and Using Electronic Books.
You can read the full announcement on the HathiTrust website. The main features of the service are:
- Continued access to the physical scholarly record — our print collection — via digital copies in HathiTrust.
- Reading access to books online, within a web browser (no full downloads).
- Ability to “check out” a copy for a limited period of time with an auto-renew feature for books still in use. Access to items is 1-1. For example, if we have two copies in our collection, two U-M authenticated users (faculty, staff, students) will be allowed concurrent access to the digital item in HathiTrust.