HathiTrust Print Disabilities Access service for the ISU community

Nov 09, 2017 | Susan Vega García

ISU Library is now a partner in HathiTrust's Print Disabilities Access service, which allows ISU community members who have verified print disabilities to request digital files of in-copyright material in HathiTrust be sent to them for use with assistive technology.

HathiTrust is a digital library with more than 15 million full-text books, journals, and other material. Collections include public domain open access material (available to everyone) and in-copyright materials, which are available only to patrons at the university that contributed that specific item to HathiTrust. However, the Print Disabilities Access service allows eligible patrons with print disabilities to access all materials in HathiTrust.

How do I participate? All materials in HathiTrust are full-text, but in-copyright materials are available only to the university that contributed that specific digital book or journal to HathiTrust. This means their full-text will be available to users on their campus, but not to patrons at other universities. When you find in-copyright material of interest within HathiTrust and which ISU did not contribute (i.e., the full-text is not available within HathiTrust for ISU), eligible patrons may login to ILLiad, ISU Library's interlibrary loan service. Fill in the information for the desired in-copyright item. At the bottom of the ILLiad request form, find the "HathiTrust Print Disability access requested" statement and select yes. Submit the request.

Library staff will need to verify eligibility by contacting ISU Student Disability Resources staff for students or University HR staff for faculty and staff. Those who do not wish to disclose disability or have it verified through these ISU disability services channels will not be able to make use of HathiTrust's Print Disabilities Access service. After verification, Library staff will download the files and deliver them, again through ILLiad. These copyrighted files are for individual use only and should not be shared, posted, or stored for anyone else's use. This service is available only to verified eligible patrons - see "Definitions" below.

Definitions: HathiTrust defines "eligible patrons" as "an affiliated user at a Supporting Institution who has a print disability for which access to digital copies of library books is a reasonable and appropriate accommodation."

HathiTrust requires that a patron's eligibility be verified by the institution before any in-copyright materials can be downloaded for use by the patron.

HathiTrust defines "print disability" as "a visual impairment, learning disability, physical disability, or other disability - that impedes a person's ability to access print in the standard way."

For questions or assistance searching HathiTrust, please contact Susan Vega García.

For assistance with ILLiad, contact Resource Sharing staff or phone 515 294-8073.