Answered By: Valerie Weis
Last Updated: Sep 30, 2020     Views: 4

The HathiTrust database is a large digital repository for books, journals, government documents, reports and other publications.  In particular, HathiTrust has extensive coverage of government documents and older publications. In normal times, most of the content is limited access and is not available for full-text viewing.

During COVID-19, HathiTrust is providing temporary emergency access to the full-text of books, government documents and other items owned by Harvard Library in print.

There are two ways to access print books and other items that are available online through HathiTrust:

  1. You may see the HathiTrust Temporary Access option in a book record in our online catalog, HOLLIS. After clicking on the link, select the temporary access option and check out; OR 
  2. Log directly into the HathiTrust database by clicking on the yellow log in button in the upper right part of the screen and selecting Harvard University as your subscribing institution.  
    • Next, limit your search to the catalog option to locate items with keywords in the title and/or author fields.
  3. If the book link in HOLLIS to HathiTrust does not work, try option (#2) and conduct an advanced search limiting your search by title. If that does not work, contact an HKS Librarian for additional assistance.

Note: Items accessed through HathiTrust have limitations on use including view only access (no downloads) and a one hour check out period. The one hour borrowing period can be renewed for an additional hour if you are viewing pages at the end of the hour and no one else has requested the item. View the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access site for more details on access restrictions.