The Library is Open! HathiTrust Digital Library Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has placed the physical collections of many research libraries out of reach, including the NMSU Library. Fortunately, there are many resources available online now to help fill the gap. The HathiTrust Digital Library holds copies to more than 6.7 million public domain and Creative Commons-licensed works. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the HathiTrust is offering Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) to expand access even further to member libraries. With ETAS, the digitized copies of titles we hold in our library collection, including those that are copyright protected, are available online to authenticated NMSU faculty, staff, and students. This temporary access is available to the campus community during this time of national emergency so that we can continue to support teaching and research.

How does this work? For example, once logged in to the HathiTrust Digital Library with your NMSU credentials, search New Mexico Cookery.

One title that displays is Southwest Flavor: Adela Amador’s tales from the kitchen: recipes and stories from New Mexico Magazine. Published in 2004, this title is not in the public domain, however temporary access to this title now is possible, since a physical copy is held in the NMSU Library Special Collections. Under normal circumstances, a visit to the library would be necessary to have free access to this title.

Partial view of record for the title Southwest Flavor

Partial view of the record for Southwest Flavor: Adela Amador’s tales from the kitchen

Book cover with chickens and baby chicks standing between corn stalks

Southwest Flavor, Adela Amador’s Tales from the Kitchen

The primary features of ETAS are:

1. Continued access to the scholarly record of the NMSU Library print collection via digital copies in HathiTrust.

2. Reading access to books online, within a web browser. Full downloads are not available with this service.

3. Ability to check out a digital copy for a limited period with an auto-renew feature. Access to items is 1 to 1, which means if we have two copies in our collection, two NMSU authenticated users are allowed concurrent access to the digital item in HathiTrust.

Access is available on a computer, a smartphone, or a tablet.

For more instruction on using the HathiTrust Digital Library please go to

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