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HathiTrust Digital Library

How to Login for Online Access to Books Provided by the Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS)

HathiTrust is providing temporary online access during the COVID-19 pandemic to many books we own in print. While we have temporary online access from HathiTrust, these print books will not be checked out/circulated. 

For WSU faculty, staff, and students only

If you find a book in the Online Catalog with this message, Online Access Only:, 
do the following:

  1. Link to
  2. Click on the gold 'Log In' button in the upper right.
  3. Select Wichita State University from the drop-down menu and click 'Continue.'
  4. Enter your own WSUID combined with     Example:    
  5. Enter your WSU password. Click 'Continue' and complete the authentication with Duo.     
  6. Search for the title of the book you want to access.
  7. When the title appears in a list, click on the Temporary Access link. If you are in a full HathiTrust Catalog Record, the "Temporary Access" link is at the bottom of the record.
  8. Click on the Check Out button in the upper right to access the full-text of the book.

Important Information About Books Available via ETAS

  • Users can read and search the book online, but downloading is not allowed as part of the Emergency Temporary Access Service.  Emergency temporary access is intended to help provide browser-based reading access to library collections when a library’s services are substantially disrupted by an involuntary emergency.
  • Items available through the Emergency Temporary Access Service can be checked out for 1 hour. If you are still actively looking at the book and no one else is attempting to check it out, the book will be renewed automatically.
  • Through the Emergency Temporary Access Service, each university or library has access only to the number of digital copies that the library told us they had. If our library holds only 1 print copy on the shelves, then only 1 affiliated user  can access the digital book in HathiTrust at a time. Please be courteous, and return books as soon as you’re done with them by clicking on the "Return Early" button.

  • At this time, it is not possible to recall or put a hold on an item. The length of checkout for each item is 1 hour. To read a book that is being used by someone else, you will need to check back periodically.
  • The books made available through the Emergency Temporary Access Service are made available under the fair use sections of the United States Copyright Act. Copyright protections still exist for many of these books. Please see the HathiTrust  Access and Use Policy for items in the collection. You need to make your own assessment of the copyright or other legal concerns related to uses beyond those provided by HathiTrust for particular works.
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