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Online access to copyrighted books now available from HathiTrust

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
April 14th, 2020

Through WVU Libraries’ partnership with HathiTrust, students and faculty now have digital access to copyrighted books on a temporary basis. This means that any books available in WVU’s print collections that are also available through HathiTrust will be available online, greatly expanding digital access to our own materials.

Each book is available to only one reader at a time. For class assignments, faculty should continue to use the Libraries’ eReserve service.

To take advantage of this resource:

  • Select “West Virginia University” and log in using your WVU username and password.
  • Use the site to locate the item you wish to view.
  • Click on the Temporary Access link at the bottom of the record to Check Out the item through the Emergency Temporary Access Service.

Each session provides 60 minutes of access to the selected book. If the user remains active in the book during the session, access time will be extended. To protect authors’ rights, books are read online through HathiTrust and cannot be downloaded.

Detailed instructions (including how to use the service on a phone or tablet) are available here: Please submit questions to

Watch this short tutorial to learn more:

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