Emergency Temporary Access to HathiTrust Copyrighted EBooks has Ended

HathiTrustWhen academic libraries across North America were closed over the summer and were unable to circulate physical books and other materials under normal conditions, HathiTrust, in response to the COVID-19 emergency, created an Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS).  The ETAS effectively made 46 percent of the print titles held by Howard-Tilton Memorial Libary available in digital form to Tulane faculty, staff and students, which was a valuable and very much appreciated emergency measure. 

When Tulane's fall semester begins on August 19, it is expected that most faculty and students will have returned to campus and the library expects to resume allowing normal physical access to its circulating print collections.  At that point, the conditions for the fair use of digital copies of these materials will end and so must access to this service. 

Tulane users will continue to have access HathiTrust items in the public domain or available through Creative Commons licensing, and it is worth noting that those titles still duplicate a significant percentage of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library‚Äôs print holdings (26 percent), although the public domain titles tend to be much older works.  Digital access to the copyrighted works that had been temporarily accessible will necessarily dissappear.  

Since the library catalog links to the HathiTrust ETAS titles on April 1, about 1,390 Tulane users have "checked out" about 1,380 individual ETAS books.