Using HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS)

As of August 23, 2021, Western Libraries discontinues ETAS as access to our physical collections resumes. You can still visit the HathiTrust digital library for primary sources including rare government documents, newspapers, photographs, and maps. You can also download entire books in the public domain.

How to Login   Terms of Use

Western Libraries is a member of HathiTrust, a digital database that allows its members access to millions of volumes in the public domain. As part of our HathiTrust membership, Western Libraries has signed on to their Emergency Temporary Access Service (HathiTrust ETAS) to provide the broadest access possible to materials.

HathiTrust ETAS increases remote access at a time when physical collections are inaccessible and students and faculty are mainly working off-campus due to COVID-19 restrictions. The service provides access to in-copyright, digitized materials that are part of Western Libraries’ print collection and would normally be restricted from online viewing due to copyright. These items can be accessed through our Omni search tool and appear as “Temporary Access.”

“Temporary Access” items can only be read online – you cannot download or print them. To ensure we follow copyright law, “Temporary Access” items can only be accessed on a 1-to-1 basis. This means if Western Libraries has one physical copy of an item, only one person can view its digital version it at a time; if we own two physical copies of an item, two users can access the digital item at the same time, and so on. Copyright law also requires that physical copies remain unavailable for as long as Western Libraries subscribes to HathiTrust ETAS.

For questions about using HathiTrust ETAS, please email

How to Login to HathiTrust ETAS

Once you’ve entered a search query for a title, author, resource type, or other option within the Advanced Search feature and select the record you want to review or borrow through HathiTrust ETAS:

  1. Click on the “HathiTrust ETAS” link (outlined in red).

    Record in Omni with access to HathiTrust ETAS

  2. Sign in using your Western ID. You will be taken to a HathiTrust records page once logged in.

    Log in with your Western Identity Account

  3. Click “Temporary Access” (outlined in red).

    Temporary access link in HathiTrust ETAS

  4. Click “Check Out” (outlined in red). This item is now yours for 1 hour. Your item will automatically renew as long as you are still using it (i.e., do not leave or refresh the page).

    Check out link in HathiTrust ETAS

Terms of Use

Digital works that have been made available through HathiTrust’s ETAS are solely for the use of a student, staff member, faculty member or library patron of a participating Canadian institution on the basis of fair dealing for research, private study, education, parody, satire, criticism or review only.

You may only view and access these digital works for the foregoing purpose(s) during any period that these digital works are made available to by the library. Any downloading, reproduction, fixation, distribution, transmission, dissemination, communication, or any other uses, may be an infringement of copyright if done without securing the permission of the copyright owner. You may not distribute, e-mail or otherwise communicate these materials to any other person.

Access HathiTrust’s Terms of Service for the ETAS program or contact