Submitted by amywatts on Mon, 04/06/2020

Through membership in a digital preservation consortium of 150 academic libraries, millions of the University of Georgia Libraries’ books remain remotely accessible while UGA’s campus is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The partnership with HathiTrust provides our faculty, staff, and students with emergency access to digital copies of almost 40 percent of print holdings at UGA and other USG institutions. Combined with the UGA’s existing collection of e-books, HathiTrust’s temporary emergency access enables patrons to read from millions of e-volumes across a broad range of disciplines.

“The UGA Libraries remain a gateway to knowledge for faculty, staff, and students even as they research and learn in their homes across our state and nation,” said P. Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost. “We will continue to provide our resources and services in a virtual environment to assist the UGA family on their path to discovery, even in times of crisis.”

The Hathi Trust emergency temporary access service allows UGA users to access digital materials in HathiTrust that correspond to physical books held by UGA and other USG schools. For more information about how to access HathiTrust’s database using your UGA myid, along with other e-books in UGA’s collection, visit: https://guides.libs.uga.edu/COVID19/ebooks.

UGA Libraries maintain a broad collection of e-journals, databases, e-books, streaming video, and other assets available at libs.uga.edu. In addition, librarians are prepared to assist students and faculty via online chat and remote consultations to access a growing number of digital resources available to the public while social distancing is in place.

A list of extended resources, including the UGA Press’s publications, can be found at https://guides.libs.uga.edu/extendedaccess.

For other information on the libraries’ response to COVID-19, see libs.uga.edu and follow us on social media at @ugalibs.