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Access to Out-of-Print and Brittle or Missing Items

Updated March 2022

HathiTrust has been exploring this service in a pilot form at the University of Michigan only. HathiTrust may consider how to extend this service to additional members, but there is no target date for broader service at this time. Based on the results of this pilot, we have no plans to expand this service at Michigan.


In this pilot, the University of Michigan has access on a limited basis to works in HathiTrust where print copies of the works held currently or previously by Michigan fall under Section 108 conditions: where the print copies of the works are damaged, deteriorating, lost or stolen, and a copy is not available on the market at a fair price. Only individuals using computers with IP addresses known to be physically present in libraries on campus at the University of Michigan have access to the service. 

How it works

Members regularly submit information about their print holdings to HathiTrust, for fee calculation purposes and for the Emergency Temporary Access Service where eligible. The print holdings data includes information about the holdings status and condition of works. HathiTrust can use the holdings status and condition information, in combination with information about the market availability of works stored in the HathiTrust rights database and information about the user's physical location in a library, to determine whether or not access to applicable in-copyright works is allowed. In this pilot, users must access HathiTrust from the premises of the University of Michigan library, and simultaneous access is limited to the number of copies held by the University of Michigan for a limited period of time.

The full set of conditions for provision of this service exists only for the University of Michigan at this time, and only a few thousand works are recorded as being unavailable on the market so far. 

Please contact us with any questions at support@hathitrust.org.

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