You can now access online versions of print books through HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS)

As part of our efforts to make Library collections more accessible during COVID-19, SFU Library is excited to announce our participation in the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS).

Through ETAS, over 400,000 of our in-copyright print items are now available online to SFU students, faculty, and staff. 

This service allows SFU Library to provide online access to works in our physical collection that have a matching digitized copy in HathiTrust, for as long as our physical collection is inaccessible.

Privacy note: In order to use this service, SFU’s authentication system sends data elements to HathiTrust. This information will be stored outside of Canada. Please read the full information about your privacy and use of the HathiTrust Digital Library on the SFU Library HathiTrust Digital Library page or in the catalogue record before you click on the "HathiTrust ETAS" link.

How does this service work?

  • Only books that HathiTrust verifies as owned in print by SFU Library are available.
  • While ETAS is activated, physical copies of books held in ETAS will not be available for contactless pickup. (In other words, the physical copies of books that are available online through this service will not be available at the same time.) 
  • When you check out an item, you will be able to access it online for 60 minutes. If you are continuing to read it (if your session remains active), this access time will be extended. 
  • You can read the books in your browser, but they cannot be downloaded. (HathiTrust enables reading access to the book online only.)
  • Only current SFU students, faculty, and staff are permitted access to eligible ETAS items when logged in to HathiTrust.
  • Once our buildings have fully reopened, and we have returned to regular in-person access to print materials, our access to in-copyright materials through this service will end.

How to access the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS)

Option one: Search and browse through the Library Catalogue

You can search for ebooks in this collection as you would search for any other books at the SFU Library. To find and access them, follow these steps:

  1. Search the Library Catalogue.
  2. If a print book is available via ETAS, you'll see a “HathiTrust ETAS” access link. Click on the link.
  3. This will take you to the HathiTrust Digital Library site, where you can click on either “Catalog Record” or “Temporary access”:
    • Click on "Temporary Access"  (the Institution where the digital copy was created will be listed)
    • Or, if that option doesn't appear, select "Catalog Record" instead (this option appears if more than one volume or copy has been digitized), and then select “Temporary access”.
  4. At the next screen you will see a yellow banner at the top of the screen: “Access to this work is provided through the Emergency Temporary Access Service."
  5. Click “Check Out."
Option two: Search and browse through the HathiTrust Digital Library platform

To access the collection via the SFU Library page, follow these steps:

  1. On the SFU Library HathiTrust Digital Library page, agree to the Terms of Service and log in.
  2. On the Hathi Trust site, click "Log in." (If you see a message instead saying you are already logged in, you can skip ahead to "Search the collection.")
  3. Find and select “Simon Fraser University” in the list of partner institutions. Click “Continue.”
  4. Log in with your SFU computing ID.
  5. Search the collection. Note that:
    • Books marked “Temporary access” are in copyright and available only as part of ETAS.
    • Books marked “Full view” are in the public domain.
    • Books marked “Limited (search only)” are in-copyright items which do not qualify for ETAS.
  6. Once you have found your item(s):
    • Click on "Temporary Access"(the Institution where the digital copy was created will be listed)
    • Or, if that option doesn't appear, select "Catalog Record" instead (this option appears if more than one volume or copy has been digitized), and then select “Temporary access”.
  7. At the next screen you will see a yellow banner at the top of the screen: “Access to this work is provided through the Emergency Temporary Access Service."
  8. Click “Check Out."

FAQs about using ETAS

Accessing print books in the Library's physical collections

Note that while we are providing this Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS), books that SFU Library owns in print that are in the ETAS collection will be available through ETAS only.

Can I make a “scan pages” request or use the “request item” option for ETAS physical books?

No. While we are providing this service, ETAS print book records will not display in the Library Catalogue, and you will not be able to request a scan or to pick up the print copy.

In order to qualify for this online access, SFU Library agreed that our ETAS print books would not be available to lend or to browse. When we stop offering the online service, these print materials will be available again.

Can I borrow the print book? I prefer not to read the digital copy.

No. We are able to offer this service because access to collections have been disrupted by an involuntary closure of the libraries.

In requesting this service, we agreed that our ETAS books would not be available to lend or to browse. 

Issues with finding and accessing ETAS titles

Why is downloading not permitted for ETAS titles?

HathiTrust cannot provide download access to books provided through the Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). These restrictions are in place based on the Terms of the Service and HathiTrust’s understanding of copyright law.

Note that access to ETAS items is more restricted than public domain HathiTrust books.

I'm looking for a specific book that I believe SFU owns in print, and can't find it in ETAS. Why isn’t there ETAS access to it?

Not all of SFU's print materials are available through ETAS. You can continue to request contactless pickup or scans of print materials that are not included.

And occasionally an item may be unavailable in ETAS due to a data error.

Questions and contact

For help with ETAS, reach out to us at: lib-ejadmin@sfu.ca

Explore even more works through HathiTrust Digital Library

This special access to ETAS is available to members of HathiTrust, a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving and providing lawful access to more than 17 million digitized items.

SFU students, faculty, and staff can access digitized works in the public domain through the HathiTrust Digital Library.