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The HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) currently provides UCSB users with online access to a portion of the UC Libraries’ in-copyright print holdings that were inaccessible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coinciding with the full reopening of the UCSB Library, the HathiTrust ETAS will be discontinued on September 10, 2021, at 5:00 pm. Soon thereafter, on September 13, browsing and circulation of UCSB Library’s physical holdings will be restored.

HathiTrust is a nonprofit collaborative of academic and research libraries that offers 17 million titles digitized from libraries around the world. As a HathiTrust member prior to the pandemic, UCSB Library users had the ability to search across the entire HathiTrust Digital Library repository and to access the full-text of items without copyright restrictions. 

The HathiTrust ETAS added temporary, emergency full-text access to copyrighted material for member libraries that were forced to close during the pandemic.  Since the service began in April 2020, UCSB faculty, staff, and students were able to access digital versions of  6.3 million in-copyright print titles held by UC Libraries. 

As the UCSB campus prepares for an in-person fall quarter, and the Library resumes providing access to its print collection, the conditions for the fair use of digital copies of these materials will end and, with it, the Emergency Temporary Access Service.  

We are very grateful to HathiTrust, the California Digital Library, and the UC Libraries for making the Emergency Temporary Access Service possible and minimizing disruption to UCSB researchers, teachers, and learners.

After deactivation, titles that previously appeared in HathiTrust's catalog as “Temporary Access” for logged-in users will be displayed with the label “Limited (search only).” Copyright restrictions once again apply to these items. Items that are marked “Full View” are available for full-text reading access due to being in the public domain or having Creative Commons licenses.

UCSB Library collections are interdisciplinary in scope and support the UCSB academic programs. In addition to more than three million print volumes, the collections include manuscripts, sound recordings, cartography, and digital resources.

The Library collaborates with other UC libraries to acquire and provide access to the broadest range of general research resources including e-book collections, scholarly journals, article indexes and databases.  A complete list of UCSB's subscriptions to online resources can be found here.  

For assistance obtaining research materials, please contact a librarian.

For more information about HathiTrust and the ETAS deactivation, please contact Library-Collections@ucsb.edu.