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COVID-19 NEWS: 'While Library Buildings Are Closed, Collaborative Digital Library Ensures Access to Books for Research, Study'
Jessica Aiwuyor writes the following for the Association of Research Libraries (ARL):
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced closures of college campuses this spring, faculty and students lost access to the printed books and journals in their libraries. Fortunately, a decade-long initiative by research libraries to scan and preserve these materials means many books and journals continue to be available for research and study during this online-only period.
HathiTrust Digital Library, a nonprofit collaborative of academic and research libraries, preserves digitized versions of printed books, journals, and other publications. It provides computational access to all of the scanned materials for scholarly research, as well as offering reading access ‘to the fullest extent allowable by US copyright law.’ Of the 17 million items in the library, about 6.5 million volumes are in the public domain and available to all users in the United States.
On March 31, 2020, the collaborative rolled out an Emergency Temporary Access Service that makes it possible for member library patrons to read digital materials in HathiTrust that correspond to physical materials held by their own library. Students and faculty at participating institutions can log in to HathiTrust Digital Library and check out copyrighted books for online reading through renewable one-hour loans. …
‘As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts access to our physical books, we are seeing a strong return on donor and campus investments in the Library’s initiative to digitize materials in our print collections,’ said Virginia Steel, UCLA’s university librarian. ‘We have steadily worked over the past decade to be remote-ready, and this includes forming strategic partnerships with organizations such as HathiTrust.’
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