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Finding and Using eBooks

This guide explains how to find and use eBooks


HathiTrust (pronounced Hah-tee Trust) is a "not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items" ( The items available in the HathiTrust catalog have three different classifications:

Full Text: Item can be read online and downloaded as a PDF, EPUB, or as a .txt, .zip, .jpg file.

Limited (search only): item can only be searched and full text is not available to read online or download. Please search the Purdue Catalog for the item or request it through Interlibrary Loan if not available.

Temporary: item can only be read online during the duration of the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS).

You can search the Purdue Libraries Catalog for items or you can search within the HathiTrust website. You will need to login to have access to the materials.

Accessing HathiTrust items through the Purdue catalog

When you locate an item in the Purdue Libraries Catalog that has online access through HathiTrust, you will see a link that says Full Text May Be Available at HathiTrust

Full text option through Purdue catalog

If you click that link, the item will open in a new browser window

If you scroll down to the Viewability area, you will see that there is one copy of this item with full view access available through HathiTrust.

Hathi Trust catalog record

If you click the link titled Full view the book will open up on the next screen.

You can read the item in your browser or download the item on the left side of the screen. You can select which file format to download and how much of the item to download. The PDF file type is recommended because it will work the best across different computer platforms and is accessible to those that have disabilities.

Full view of item in Hathi Trust with download box emphasized

If you have any issues accessing the materials, check out the troubleshooting information below.

Troubleshooting and Help

HathiTrust has a Help FAQ available on their website. 

If you are having trouble with your Boilerkey login, please contact ITaP.

If the library catalog says we have online access to an item and we do not, please make sure that you are logged in to the Hathi Trust website:

Login button for Hathi Trust

If you have any other issues, please submit a ticket.