Access and use of electronic resources provided by the UW Libraries are governed by publisher license agreements. These legal contracts allow UW students, staff, and faculty to read, download, and/or print electronic content for non-commercial, educational, or personal research purposes. Users of library-licensed resources must comply with the terms of agreements and be aware that publishers may monitor use of electronic resources to enforce the terms of their licensing agreements. Violation of license may lead the University to impose on an individual the sanctions provided in UniReg 690 or a publisher or vendor to turn off the University's access without warning.
In order to assist library users to use the Libraries? electronic resources responsibly, we have summarized typical license provisions:
Licenses also prohibit the downloading and posting of licensed content, even if used for course websites or course reserves. In general, it is preferable to link to articles (with an appropriate authentication mechanism) rather than downloading and posting articles to a server. The Libraries' electronic reserve staff can assist faculty in providing appropriate access to licensed material for educational purposes.
Additional details about acceptable use of electronic resources can be found on the resource's website under 'Terms and Conditions'. In cases where answers are not readily available or questions regarding copyright law, contact the Libraries' Reference Department. Additional information regarding acceptable use of UW licensed resources is governed by University Regulation 690 (pdf).