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Expanded Content and Services during Covid-19

The library is adding temporary content turned on to support our current virtual-only environment.

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Reminder: Online Access

  • Library resources require going through CWRU Single Sign-On.
  • The best method is to follow links from the library website.
  • When logged in and a browser window is not closed, access should continue from resource to resource.
  • Remember to close your browser when done.

General Information

The HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access (ETAS) program helps Kelvin Smith Library provide digital content while library access is restricted. KSL began participating in ETAS during Spring 2020, and will likely continue through Spring 2021.

  • When access to physical collections is restricted, ETAS makes available digital copies of books that correspond to print items owned by the member library. These copies are available to affiliated users.
  • ETAS relies on one-to-one lending: if CWRU owns one print copy, one person at a time may 'checkout' the digital copy.
  • In keeping with fair use and terms of service, eligible items are unable to leave the library.

While we recognize this may inconvenience users on campus, ETAS enables us to serve the entire CWRU community.
More than one-third of KSL's circulating collection (300,000 books) are currently available as digital surrogates to all users.

How to use HathiTrust ebooks

This example shows a HathiTrust link available in the catalog record:

Cleveland's Harbor: the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority

  • Click the blue "Connect to resource" link to read the book online in HathiTrust
  • Note the item status as LIB USE ONLY

catalog result showing HathiTrust link

  • Click on the yellow LOGIN button

HathiTrust login screen


  • Choose Case Western Reserve University from the drop-down list and log in with your CaseID

drop down menu showing Case Western Reserve University

  • Once logged in, you may need to scroll down to locate a 'temporary access' link in the catalog record

HathiTrust temporary access link

  • When you locate an available book, you will see the following text:
    "Access to this work is provided through the Emergency Temporary Access Service
    Select "Check Out" 

HathiTrust checkout screen

  • Your check-out session (two hours) will appear at the top of the screen
    Access is read-only, as the item can not be downloaded in full (but you can download single pages)
    Click the "Return Early" button when you are done to return the book for others to use

HathiTrust view options for checked out item

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