Electronic resources: terms and conditions of use

Terms and conditions are attached to the use of licensed electronic resources provided by the Library. 

Erasmus University Library supports the research, teaching and learning needs of all EUR students, faculty, and staff by providing access to a wide range of electronic resources. These resources include research databases, e-journals, e-books, and other electronic resources.  

Access to, and use of, these resources is governed by copyright law and license agreements negotiated between the Library and publishers.  

When using any of the electronic resources offered by the Library, our users are expected to comply with the general terms and conditions outlined in the policy below. In addition, always check the terms and conditions listed on the website of the specific electronic resource, as other terms and conditions may apply. 

Please be aware that violation of the terms and conditions and/or misuse of licensed electronic resources may result in personal liability. In addition, it may result in suspension or termination of access for the individual or the entire EUR community.  

Permitted Uses 

In general, authorized users are allowed to: 

  • browse and search materials;
  • download, save, or print copies of individual articles or parts of books. These are for personal use only, for the purposes of research, teaching, or private study;
  • share individual articles or parts of books with other EUR students, faculty, or staff;
  • include links to licensed resources on websites (like Canvas).  

Prohibited Uses 

In general, authorized users are not allowed to: 

  • use licensed materials for commercial purposes;
  • distribute or sell licensed materials;
  • modify or alter licensed materials;
  • create derivative works from licensed materials;
  • systematically or substantially print, copy, or download licensed materials;
  • use robots, spiders, or other automated means to download licensed materials;
  • allow anyone other than EUR students, faculty, or staff to access licensed materials (for example, through password sharing);
  • remove, obscure, or deface copyright or trademark notices from licensed materials. 

In case the Library suspects, or becomes aware of, any misuse or unlawful use of licensed electronic resources, the individual concerned will be contacted. Any misuse or unlawful use will result in actions being taken by the Library, including the issuance of financial penalties (if applicable). 

Questions regarding the allowable use of specific electronic resources or licensed materials may be directed to the Copyright Information Point.


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