As the Laurier Library plans to reopen Waterloo campus library and the Faculty of Social Work Library in Kitchener on September 13th, 2021, the return to pre-pandemic access to the physical book collections will resume.
Since August 2020, Laurier faculty, students and staff have had access to HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) as an alternative digital access path to more than 300,000 print titles in the Library’s print collection. This temporary arrangement, which provided access to digitized copies of in-copyright titles held in our collection, respects Canadian and US copyright law and was made available only while the physical collections were inaccessible. This access has been made possible by the Library’s membership in HathiTrust.
With the re-opening of campus libraries providing direct access to our print book collections, the conditions upon which the ETAS service operates (emergency, temporary use of digital copies of in-copyright books) will come to an end.
Laurier’s access to the HathiTrust ETAS service will be deactivated as of September 13th, 2021 as per the terms our license agreement.
For faculty, the Library will continue to purchase electronic textbooks where these are commercially available with an institutional license. Faculty are encouraged to contact their Subject Liaison Librarian for additional assistance.
The Library is providing a number of enhanced services to support faculty and their students through this change, including greater access to ebook collections, as well as Mail on Demand and Scan on Demand Omni services.
For additional information on library services and operations during COVID-19, please see: Library (COVID-19) Services Update.