HathiTrust Emergency Online Access to Howard-Tilton Books to End December 31

HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) to online versions of Howard-Tilton books will end on December 31. The service has effectively provided Tulane students, faculty, and staff with reading access to 46% of the library's print book collection, including copyrighted works. Normally, the digital corpus of HathiTrust's collection of digitized works duplicates access to about 26% of the library's holdings. The expanded access was activated because of the involuntary closure of the library due to campus recovery operations following Hurricane Ida.

A not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries, including Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, HathiTrust preserves more than 17 million digitized items and makes them accessible to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law. HathiTrust members steward the collection — the largest set of digitized books managed by academic and research libraries — under the aims of scholarly interests.

As a HathiTrust member, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library could request activation of the Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) again at some later point, should the library's physical collection once more become inaccessible to a significant portion of the Tulane community.