Use of Licensed Electronic Resources Policy

The FAU Libraries collect electronic resources (e.g., electronic journals, electronic books, or database content) to support the instructional, research and service activities of the Florida Atlantic University students, faculty and staff. These resources are purchased by the Libraries either directly or through consortia and are governed by license and contract agreements. Each license or contract, whether purchased individually or as a group, contains strict guidelines on the use of the resource.


Florida Atlantic University does not permit the illegal downloading and/or sharing of copyrighted material in any form or manner. (See OIT Technology Policies and Digital Millennium Copyright Act, University Policy) Electronic resources are copyrighted and are subject to all applicable copyright and database protection rights under the laws of the United States and other countries. All uses including downloading, printing or creating copies of content from these resources must be consistent with existing fair use laws as defined by the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) or international law.

License Agreements/Contracts

Authorized Users consist solely of employees, faculty, students and staff currently affiliated with the institution; walk-in patrons who access the resource on computers physically located in the library; and remote users affiliated with the institution through secure access procedures established by the institution. Use of the resource should be for the purposes of private research or study only.

Alteration, abridgement, adaptation or modification of the licensed material is prohibited, except to the extent necessary to make it perceptible on a computer screen or as otherwise permitted in the agreement. Authorized users may download, store on a PC, or print single copies of documents from the resource for his/her own non-commercial use, provided user maintains all copyright and other notices contained in such material. Systematic or programmatic downloading (e.g., the use of automated "robots" and net accelerators or otherwise downloading or attempting to download in a short period of time large amounts of the subscribed content) is prohibited. Systematic making of print or electronic copies for distribution to non-subscribers or non-subscribing institutions is prohibited.

Users may not use any of the licensed material for commercial use. Mounting or distributing any part of the licensed material on any electronic network, including the Internet and the World Wide Web, other than the Secure Network (a network which is only accessible to "authorized users" whose conduct shall be subjected to regulation by the licensee) is prohibited.

License agreements may be terminated immediately at the discretion of individual publishers if terms and conditions are breached.

Loss of Access Privileges

Violators of FAU Libraries electronic resource licensing agreements/contracts risk having their library access suspended and access to the resource(s) blocked for all FAU users.

Questions regarding public service policies should be directed to Access Services.

Last modified at 09/14/2023 - 13:19 PM