Online Access to Books

****Updated 4/3/2020 to include information about the HathiTrust Temporary Emergency Access Service.

For access to law-specific textbooks or casebooks students should contact a reference librarian or follow instructions from the continuation of library services page.

For other books, students should use the following workflow while physical collections remain inaccessible.

1. Is it already available as an ebook to the Yale community?:

a. Search Books+ to locate online books.

b. Students must be on the Yale network, using VPN, to access most online books.

2. Is it available at the Internet Archive or Open Library?”

a. Search the Internet Archive National Emergency Library.

b. Search the Open Library.

c. Students will have to create an Internet Archive Account to borrow books using these services.

3. Is it available through another free service?:

a. Check the YUL Free Resource Guide (updated regularly).

4. Is it available from HathiTrust?:

a. Search HathiTrust.

b. Follow instructions for using HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access.

5. Try to ILL it:

Please note: we are only submitting requests for chapters from books which may be available, not entire books. Some other libraries with electronic access may be able to share chapters but we cannot guarantee fulfillment at this time.

a. Get a Table of Contents from Amazon, Google Books, or other source or contact a reference librarian to locate one.

b. Submit an ILL request for desired chapter(s) through the existing Yale form.

6. Contact a Reference Librarian for help:

a. We are available from 10-6 Monday- Wednesday and 10-5 Thursday and Friday.

b. Email a reference librarian.

c. Speak to the Librarian on duty via our virtual reference desk.

d. Reach out to individual Librarians or make an appointment to meet via zoom at a day/time that is convenient for you.

e. Please do not call the reference desk. We are unable to answers phone calls or respond to phone messages at this time.


Updated Date: 
Friday, April 3, 2020