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Finding and Using eBooks

This guide highlights Union Presbyterian Seminary Library eBook collections as well as offering discovery and access instruction.

HathiTrust Overview and Access

The HathiTrust (pronounced 'hah-tee') is a partnership of libraries and research institutions that have come together to build and share a digital repository of print works.  Begun in 2008, the goal of the partnership is to build a comprehensive archive of published literature from around the world.  The HathiTrust has pursued this goal chiefly by digitizing materials like books and journals from major library collections and other partners,such as Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft. Currently, eighty academic libraries and other major research institutions are members of HathiTrust.

HathiTrust eBooks may be viewed in any web browser and may be accessed by more than one user at a time. Members of HathiTrust partner institutions are able to download public domain works in their entirety as well as works made available in under Creative Commons licenses. UPSem users are guest users and can download one page at a time of all public domain works or an entire work that doesn’t have download restrictions (e.g., works digitized by Internet Archive and other organizations, works that have been opened with a Creative Commons license). There is significant overlap of volumes in HathiTrust and Google Book Search, and if a work is "full view" in HathiTrust, it is possible that the work can be downloaded from Google Book Search.

For information pertaining to searching for and accessing HathiTrust eBooks see the Database Results tab under the Home menu.

HathiTrust Tools

The HathiTrust eBook platform provides a number of tools for the reader, including search options located in the top toolbar, full screen and magnification options on the right and available download options on the left.

For More Assistance

  • There is a "Help" link located at the top of the HathiTrust eBook browser page.
  • Contact Ryan Douthat at (804) 278-4217 or email at