Answered By: Lisa Spiro
Last Updated: Jul 24, 2019     Views: 88

Short answer: No.

Long answer:

Hathi Trust is a large collection of books digitized by a variety of libraries.  It includes a certain amount of material that is out of copyright (in the public domain), or where the copyright owner has given permission for open access.  Fondren Library's readers have access to these materials without joining the Trust.

The largest amount of materials found in the Hathi Trust collection are books protected under copyright, and access is available to Trust members with the following constraints:

  • Access to items previously owned by the library and which have been declared out of print or fragile
  • Mediated access (e.g. through a library staff member) for visually disabled readers to items currently owned, withdrawn, lost or missing.

Membership in Hathi Trust does not, therefore, provide general access for Fondren Library's readers to any content beyond what we can already access (items out of copyright or where permission has been given by the copyright owner).


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