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HathiTrust: Getting Started

How to Access HathiTrust

Bowdoin College is a HathiTrust member. Log in to take full advantage of the features of membership, i.e., browse, search, read books online,† download entire books,† and create collections.

To log in, either ...

... Go to HathiTrust.

  1. Click Log in.
  2. Find your partner institution: Bowdoin College.
  3. Click Continue.
  4. Log in using your usual Bowdoin email credentials.

... Or, go to Bowdoin College's sign-in page.

  1. Log in using your usual Bowdoin email credentials.
  2. Choose HathiTrust.

Alternatively, anyone can use HathiTrust without logging in to browse; search; download entire books that lack download restrictions, otherwise download a single page at a time; or read books online.†


† Only books that are "full-view".

Access to HathiTrust from Outside the U.S.

Access to volumes in HathiTrust is dependent on the country a user is accessing HathiTrust from. For more information, read the section on "Searching and Viewing Books" > "Is it possible to read a volume that is "Limited (search-only)"?"

Get Started Searching

To get started searching, enter your search term, choose "Full view only", and choose either "Full-text" (to search entire works) or "Catalog" (to search only bibliographic fields such as Title, Author, Publication Date).

Screenshot from HathiTrust showing the search interface

For more information, consult the "Search, View, Download, Build Collections" tab on this guide.