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Ebooks: HathiTrust ebooks


The HathiTrust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository and access platform, hosting digitised content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house member institution initiatives. More information is available at the link below.

On this page you will find more information on accessing and using HathiTrust ebooks.

HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) access for Oxford University members ended on 31st July 2021, though access to the HathiTrust’s Digital Library of several million public domain ebooks and ejournals remains.

HathiTrust Accessible Text Request Service

This service allows the Bodleian Libraries to download accessible copies of materials available in HathiTrust’s collections if the Libraries own a print copy of the item. It is available to all university members who have a print impairment that affects how they are able to use print. To place a request or verify eligibility, please contact the Disability Librarian ( with details of your request. Requests are usually processed within 2 working days. For further details, please go to

Accessing a resource via HathiTrust

Below is a step by step guide for accessing a resource listed on SOLO and hosted by the HathiTrust Digital Library.

  • Search for the title you are looking for on SOLO and look for the 'Open Access' icon and green 'Online Access' link on eligible records. It is recommended that you sign in to SOLO beforehand.


A SOLO record for volume one of Vanity Fair. The open access icon and green online access link are circled in red.


  • Follow the link to HathiTrust's platform. The resource should display in HathiTrust's book viewer.


A screenshot of volume one of vanity fair, page 7, as it presents in HathiTrust's book viewer.


  • A control panel in the bottom right of the book viewer allows for users to view the resource as a series of images or as plain text; navigate between pages; zoom in and out; and enter full-screen mode.


A screenshot of Vanity Fair volume one, page 7, as it presents in HathiTrust book viewer. The control panel in the bottom right of the image is circled in red.


  • A menu pane to the left provides additional information about the resource, navigation features, in-text searching and the option to share.


A screenshot of Vanity Fair volume one, page 7, as it presents in HathiTrust book viewer. The menu pane to the left is circled in red.

  • Users can choose to sign in to the HathiTrust platform for additional functionality, such as the option to create personalised collections of resources.




News about updates and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) is available on the HathiTrust's 'Help' page.

If members of the University encounter any issues when attempting to access content hosted by the HathiTrust they can contact in the first instance or use the Bodleian Libraries Live Chat service through the SOLO homepage.