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Please see our Library Services Updates: Fall 2020 website for the most up-to-date information about using library services remotely.

COVID 19 (novel coronavirus) Updates for Waidner-Spahr Library: HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access to Books

Changes to Waidner-Spahr Library services in response to the COVID 19 (novel coronavirus) will be posted here.

HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Tips

Digital copies of SOME of the print books owned by the Waidner-Spahr Library are available electronically to current faculty, students, and staff via the Hathi Trust Emergency Temporary Access Service. In order to maintain legal, equitable access to this digital content for all of our remote users during the pandemic, the library is not permitted to also lend the physical copies. We know that some users prefer print and may find this less convenient for a number of reasons, but it is the most equitable solution as it provides access for those students and faculty who are not physically present on campus. 

Starting from JumpStart/library catalog:
If the title is one of the 180,000 of our print books available online through HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access, a direct link to the online version will appear in a JumpStart/library catalog record as “HathiTrust Emergency Access” and you will be prompted to login with your Dickinson credentials to gain access. Use is limited to one person per item at a time.

Starting Directly from the HathiTrust website:  Log-in, Log-in, Log-in!
Temporary access to books from the Waidner-Spahr Library collection are available only when you log-in to HathiTrust using your normal institutional log-in and password. Use the yellow Log In button in upper-right of the HathiTrust main page.  Step-by-step login instructions for logging in if you start from the HathiTrust website are here:

Check out an item only when you plan to use it.
Temporary Emergency Access titles may only be read online by one user at a time. Each Temporary Access book has an initial check-out period of 60 minutes. If you remain active in the book during any session, access time will be extended. If you do not remain active, it will be released for use by other Dickinson users.

Approximately 180,000 of the Waidner-Spahr Library's print books are available through this temporary extended HathiTrust access. This is not all of our print books.  You may read a book online during an active session in HathiTrust. You are not able to download the entire book, but may download pages one at a time. This is to protect the author’s rights.

Full View Titles
This temporary emergency access is in addition to our existing HathiTrust member access to millions of "Full View" titles. Full View titles, items that are in the public domain or out of copyright, are available to logged-in Dickinson users as always with no checkout required.

Use step-by-step instructions for computer/mobile access.  Start here:

A detailed FAQ from HathiTrust about this emergency, temporary service is available here: