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HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service

Information about the service and instructions on how to use it.

Things to Remember

  • A book "checks out" for only one hour. It will renew automatically, unless someone else is trying to access the same title.
  • Most books will only allow access for one person at a time.
  • You cannot download or print out a "Temporary Access" book.

Accessing the Entire Collection

Click on HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (also under DATABASES - H). If you are off campus, you will be asked for your abc123.

At the top right of the HathiTrust homepage, click on LOG IN.

Click on the drop-down menu for Find your partner institution.


Then use the search box (1) or scroll towards the bottom (1A) until you see University of Texas at San Antonio. Click on that (2) and then hit CONTINUE (3).

The Default Search for HathiTrust is a Keyword search of the full text of all books in the collection (1), which will bring up many, many results. This can be useful for a broad topic search.

If you are looking for a specific book, however, we recommend using the CATALOG search (2), or the Advanced Catalog Search (3).


If the book is available, it will say "Temporary Access." Here is a Catalog search by title for Roots of Texas Music, which is available through ETAS.


Once you have located a book, click on "Temporary Access."


Then, click on Check Out.


The book will check out for one hour. It will renew automatically, as long as no one else is waiting for it.

Because most digitized books only allow one person at a time to access them, we encourage everyone to click on Return Early when you are finished.