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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", except for those eligible for Accessible Text Request Service.

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.

Get Started Searching

To get started searching, enter your search term. Two common ways to search are in "Full Text & All Fields" (to search entire works and metadata) and in "All FIelds" (to search only bibliographic metadata 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.