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Using Electronic Resources: Acceptable Use Guidelines

Electronic resources are provided as tools for research, teaching, and study. Commercial use, systematic or excessive downloading, or redistribution of electronic information to non­subscribers are all expressly prohibited. Both the Library and electronic resource providers closely monitor the University's account activity. Violations can result in suspension or cancellation of access.


Access to licensed electronic resources is restricted to current Temple University students, faculty and staff. Most of the Library's electronic resources are available from any computer workstation on campus. If you are off ­campus, access to licensed electronic resources will require confirmation of your University affiliation and status. According to the terms of our licenses for electronic resources, visiting researchers, community members, and alumni are welcome to use these online resources only from computers located within the physical library facilities (see Guidelines for Guest and Alumni Access to Online Databases).

The Libraries endeavor to license access to electronic resources for the entire University, including remote access through the proxy server, where at all possible. The Libraries will make every effort to avoid licensing resources for which access is limited by specific IP subranges or addresses, or that require the use of usernames and passwords. IP based authentication offers all current members of the Temple community practical, on demand, uninterrupted, unmediated, and seamless access to the Libraries electronic collections.

Use of any software designed to automatically browse the web, record web browsing activity, or systematically download content for offline use is expressly forbidden and jeopardizes the entire Temple University community's continued access to all electronic resources.

Copyright and Licensing Restrictions

The Library undertakes contracts on behalf of the University community with the understanding that all Temple users will respect the copyrights in works that are accessible through computers connected to the Temple University network. No copyrighted work may be copied, published, disseminated, displayed, performed or played without permission of the copyright holder except in accordance with Fair Use (read more about "Fair Use" as defined in Title 17, Section 107 ) or licensing agreement. Temple may terminate the network access of users who are found to have repeatedly infringed the copyright of others. Please see the Temple University Computer Usage Policy for more information.

Comments regarding this page should be directed to the Electronic Resources Librarian.


Effective Date

NOVEMBER 12, 2006