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EBSCO Terms of Use

Please review the following terms of use to understand what patrons can or cannot do with information located in the EBSCO databases.


Authorized Use of Licensed Materials

EBSCO hereby grants to Authorized Users a subscription to access and read the product, and a non-exclusive, non-transferable license to download a reasonable portion of the product in printed or electronic format for internal or personal use.

Content included in the products with specific terms of use that are clearly displayed or embedded in the systems and technologies incorporated into the Service will supersede other terms outlined in the license.


Interlibrary Loan

Participating Member Institutions may loan digital or print copies of materials, including limited portions of eBooks, retrieved from the product for the purposes of interlibrary loan, to the extent allowed under applicable copyright law.


Fair Dealing / Fair Use

Participating Member Institutions and Authorized Users may use the materials contained within the products consistent with the doctrine of "fair dealing" as defined under the laws of Canada or the doctrine of “fair use” under the laws of the United States. Publishers may impose their own conditions of use applicable only to their content. Such conditions of use shall be displayed on the computer screen displays associated with such content.


Special Library Reproductions

For the purposes of briefing the registered members of a special library, the library may make up to one hard copy for each member, provided that such copies are printed from the on-line database system so that a “hit” is registered on the EBSCO on-line system and that the publisher royalty can be accurately traced and paid.


Print/Electronic Reserves and Course Management/Intranet Use

Provided that Participating Member Institutions do not circumvent any features or functionality of the products, partners may include durable links to articles or other works (or portions thereof) contained in the products in electronic reserves systems, course management, or intranet sites so long as access to such materials is limited to Authorized Users accessing via EBSCO’s platform with proper authentication and so long as such access is not prohibited in the copyright statement accompanying the content being accessed.

Participating Member Institutions may print and make available a reasonable portion of the licensed materials for use in connection with specific courses of instruction.


Classroom Handouts

Participating Member Institutions and Authorized Users may distribute single copies of individual articles or items of the licensed materials in print or electronic form to Authorized Users within the bounds of “fair dealing” under the laws of Canada  or the doctrine of “fair use” under the laws of the United States “fair use” For the avoidance of doubt, classroom handouts shall include the distribution of a copy for teaching purposes to all individual student Authorized Users in a class.


Scholarly Sharing

Participating Member Institutions and its Authorized Users may transmit to a third party colleague in hard copy or electronically, minimal, insubstantial amounts of the licensed materials for personal use or scholarly, educational, or scientific research use but in no case for re-sale. In addition, Authorized Users have the right to use, with appropriate credit, figures, tables and brief excerpts from the licensed materials in the authorized user’s own scientific, scholarly and educational works.



Participating Member Institutions and its Authorized Users may alter or modify the licensed materials as necessary to provide an equivalent level of access to Authorized Users with disabilities.


Training and Marketing Materials

Participating Member Institutions and its Authorized Users may display, download or print limited portions of the licensed materials for the purposes of internal marketing or testing, and for training Authorized Users as long as these actions are allowed under the doctrine of “fair use” or “fair dealing” and applicable copyright law.



Participating Member Institutions and its Authorized Users shall have the right to electronically display limited portions of the licensed material for personal or internal use only, as dictated by the doctrine of “fair use” or “fair dealing” under applicable copyright law.


Electronic Resource Discovery, Access, and Management

For electronic resource discovery, access and/or management services, the Participating Member Institutions reserves all right, title and interest in all Participating Member Institutions specific data it contributes to the product and grants EBSCO permission to use such data in raw form for the limited purpose of operating and improving the products and such information may only be provided to third parties in aggregate form. Raw usage data containing information relating to the identity of specific users shall not be provided to any third party without the Participating Member Institutions permission.

Provided that such access, use, and/or sharing does not violate an express provision of this agreement or content-specific restrictions imposed by EBSCO’s licensors, Participating Member Institutions and its Authorized Users are permitted to:

  • access the product and information derived from the product in order to discover, manage and provide access to library resources owned or licensed by Participating Member Institutions,
  • create, store and retain any reports and lists delivered by the products, and
  • display metadata, bibliographic and holdings information in the library catalog available on Participating Member Institution's library website.


Acquisition Models

For certain products, Participating Member Institutions may elect to have user activity trigger the purchase of content. Examples of these types of purchase models include Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA), Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA), Evidenced Based Acquisition, Access-To- Own (ATO), and Build By Choice.


Cost Recovery

Participating Member Institutions may charge a reasonable fee to cover the costs of copying or printing portions of the licensed materials for Authorized Users.



Participating Member Institutions and Authorized Users may create, download, store and retain any analytics or lists delivered by the products. EBSCO may use library holdings and other information in the products for comparison and metrics purposes and in order to better understand the customers’ needs.


Prohibited Use of Licensed Materials

  • Translate, reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile, discover, or modify EBSCO’s
  • software.
  • Remove any copyright and other proprietary notices placed upon the products or any materials retrieved from the products by EBSCO or its licensors.
  • Circumvent any use limitation or protection device contained in or placed upon the products or any materials retrieved from the products.
  • Perform penetration tests or use the products to execute denial of service attacks.
  • Provide access to or use of the products by or for the benefit of any unauthorized school, library, organization, third party or user.
  • Publish, broadcast, sell, use or provide access to the products or any materials retrieved from the products in any manner that will infringe the copyright or other proprietary rights of EBSCO or its licensors.
  • Use the products to create collections or perform services which compete or interfere with those of EBSCO or its licensors.
  • Text mine, data mine or harvest metadata from the products.
  • Download all or parts of the products in a systematic or regular manner or so as to create a collection of materials comprising all or a material subset of the products, in any form.
  • Store any information on the product that violates applicable law or the rights of any third party.
  • Act in contravention of applicable copyright law
  • Provide access and/or remote access to the products on a broader scale than was contemplated at the inception of this agreement without EBSCO’s express permission.


EBSCO does not convey to the Provincial Library or Authorized Users any other intellectual property rights to the product than the subscription and licenses specifically conveyed in this agreement and in particular does not transfer or assign any ownership of copyright by this agreement, which ownership shall remain in EBSCO or the original copyright owner.