As McMaster University Library plans to reopen Mills Memorial Library and H.G. Thode Library of Science and Engineering on Tuesday, September 7, the return to pre-pandemic access to the book collections comes with an important change.
Since May 2020, McMaster students, faculty and staff have been using HathiTrust ETAS (Emergency Temporary Access Service) to digitally access more than 830,000 print titles in McMaster University Library’s collection. The arrangement, which respects Canadian copyright law, has been made possible by the library’s membership in HathiTrust.
HathiTrust is known as being a particularly rich source of content related to humanities and social sciences.
When Mills and Thode libraries reopen, along with direct access to their book collections, for the Fall term, the conditions for the fair use of digital copies of these materials end and so does the access to HathiTrust ETAS.
McMaster’s access to the HathiTrust ETAS service will be deactivated as of Friday, September 3.
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