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HathiTrust Access

Information for Users with Print Disabilities


Procedure for Eligible Patrons

  1. The first step is to login. To do this, go to the HathiTrust web page at
    • On the upper right of the screen is a button labeled “LOG IN”. Click “LOG IN”.
    • Choose Vanderbilt University as your partner institution, and click “Continue”.
    • Login using your VUnetID and password.
  2. Once you identify a volume or volumes that are not fully available/accessible (show a “Limited (search-only)” link), you may send a request to access the volume(s) to your Proxy via Interlibrary Loan. 
    • Click on the “Catalog Record” link. In the catalog record, go to “Locate a Print Version” and click “Find in a Library”.
    • That opens a new window or tab to a WorldCat record for the volume.
    • Go down the record page until you reach the section that starts with “You are connected to the VANDERBILT UNIV LIBR network”.
    • Of the options listed, choose “Borrow from another library”. 
    • Log into the ILL system, if you are not already logged into the ILL system, to reach the pre-populated request form.
  3. If this is not your first ILL request, go to the bottom of the pre-populated request form and click “Submit Request”.
  4. If this is your first request, you will need to complete the registration information (your name, email, etc.).
    • You will then be taken to the pre-populated request form where you will enter “Print Accessibility Services” in the “Any other information to help us find the item” box. Then click submit.
    • If this is your first request, the Proxy will contact Vanderbilt’s EAD office to verify your eligibility and record this information for future requests.
    • The Proxy will retrieve the accessible PDF from HathiTrust. We will post it in your Interlibrary Loan account and email you when it is available.
  5. NOTE: Accessing your InterLibrary Loan item does not currently work properly with the Safari browser. If you are using a Mac computer, use the Chrome browser to access your HathiTrust and other ILL items.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions

Q: How to I log into HathiTrust?

A: Go to or click the login button at the top of a HathiTrust page.

Q: I have a VUnetID, but I can’t log in. Why not?

A: Access is restricted to current students, faculty, and staff. If you think this is an error, please contact Ask a Librarian.

Q: What is a “print disability”?

A: A “print disability” is a disability that makes it difficult or impossible to read a printed book.

Q: Who gets to decide if my disability is a “qualifying print disability”?

A: To be eligible for this service, students, faculty and staff must be registered with the Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Disability Services (EAD). The EAD will review your application for accommodations and determine eligibility. Contact EAD with any questions.

Q: What happens to my personal information? What will HathiTrust know about me?

A: HathiTrust’s privacy policy, available at, is consistent with the University’s own library privacy policy. When you login, the University releases your name and email address to HathiTrust so that you can take advantage of custom services such as creating a personal collection. HathiTrust’s information about Shibboleth Login includes Terms and Conditions and is available at

Q: Isn’t my disability information confidential?

A: Yes. It is your decision whether or not to use the service. Using this service is akin to informing a professor that you are eligible for a classroom accommodation. You are not required to share this information unless you elect to take advantage of the service.

Q: Why are there so many restrictions?

A: The restrictions that are in place are required in order to ensure full compliance with copyright law.

Q: If someone else needs to access this on my behalf, can I just share my username and password?

A: No. If someone in a support role needs to act on your behalf, they must be authorized as a proxy/delegate. For copyright reasons, anyone in a support role acting on your behalf must fully understand that materials accessed through this means can only be used by persons with a qualifying print disability.

Instructions and FAQ based on University of Iowa HathiTrust for Users with Print Disabilities. – October 2017