Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

HathiTrust Guide: Emergency Temporary Access

This is a quick guide for students and faculty members who are interested in searching the HathiTrust digital library, building their own collections, as well as viewing and downloading PDFs.

HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS)

AUB students, faculty, and staff, now have temporary access to the online version of over 350,000 of the library books and periodicals, including 219,000 in-copyright items from AUB Libraries physical collection through HathiTrust's Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). This is in addition to 4.4 million public domain items that were already accessible through our HathiTrust partnership. Unfortunately, this service is NOT available to AUB alumni/alumnae or individuals who have guest affiliations.

To access and search HathiTrust, please follow these steps

  • Go to the University Libraries 
  • Click on Databases 
  • Alphabetically select HathiTrust from the list 
  • In HathiTrust
    • Click on the yellow LOG-IN button at the top right side of HathiTrust home page 
    • Choose 'American University of Beirut' from the drop down menu 'Find Your Partner Institution' then click Continue
    • Login using your AUBNet Account (username and password).
      Once logged, AUB users will be able to temporary access digitized items in HathiTrust that correspond to in-copyright physical books held by AUB Libraries.
    • Search HathiTrust database to locate the item you wish to view
    • Click on Temporary Access, to Check Out the book and read it online.
      The checkout time is one hour. Your access will renew automatically at the end of that hour, unless another user requests the book.
      Access is limited to the number of print copies in the library. If the library holds one copy of a book, only one person at a time can access it at HathiTrust. 


Click here for instruction on how to find if a physical book available at AUB Libraries is included in HathiTrust’s ETAS.

For research assistance: Ask A Librarian, Chat with us, or email 

For questions on temporary access refer to User Informations and Frequently Asked Questions

The Emergency Temporary Access Service will be available for as long as the current emergency an involuntary, disruption to normal operations lasts.