Access to licensed e-Resources (e-books, e-journals and other digital resources
the respective publishers. The e-Resources are licensed for the non-profit educational
use of the Institute. Copyright law in addition to individual license agreements
also governs use of these e-Resources.
Systematic downloading, distributing, or retaining substantial portions of information
is prohibited by library's contract with the publishers of electronic resources.
nor the use of electronic articles for commercial purposes.
Library users are permitted to make digital copies of individual documents
in the databases, that is, to download an individual document temporarily to their
own hard disc for non-commercial purposes only. The document may be printed out,
but must not be forwarded digitally.
It is strictly prohibited to download entire databases or an entire e-book or thousands
of bibliographic records or systematically download entire journal issue or using
a robot to systematically download articles, ebook, bibliographic records etc.
Improper use can result in denial of access for the whole Institute to all electronic
journals from a given publisher. As access to e-Resources is based on license agreements
with publishers, to make it easier to understand your obligations as a user of these
services you should follow the guidance below.
What's not permitted
Robots and systematic downloading
Systematic downloading using robots, spiders or manual means is not permitted. Publishers
keep track of patterns of use and where the publishers suspect misuse in the form
of systematic downloading (eg. more than one article from an issue, continuous dowloading
from a particular journal etc.) they will cut off access requiring Library to investigate
and take action on those who have misused the e-Resources. There have been instances
recently where publishers have withdrawn access to their online resources to the
entire Institute. This prevents access by the majority of responsible users to information
needed for their research and learning. It becomes obligatory on the library’s part
to investigate such misuses and report the same to the publishers. It takes longer
time to get the access restored and convince the publisher that re-occurrence of
such misuses will be stopped.
Downloading more than one article and few bibliographic records
Downloading, copying or printing more than one article per issue of a journal(electronic
or print), downloading of more than few hundred of bibliographic records, one or
two chapters from a e-book without the permission of the owner (generally publisher),
Downloading the entire contents of an electronic journal or an entire book to your
PC, home file space or writable CD is illegal.
What is permitted
Viewing multiple articles from an electronic journal on screen The operation
of your Web browser may result in multiple articles being copied to your computer's
hard disk. Where there is no intent to store the copy permanently, any such incidental
copying involved in viewing an electronic publication is permitted.
Storing or printing a single article per issue of an electronic journal
You can download and copy on to disk or print a single article per issue of an electronic
journal or a chapter from an e-book. Most e-journal and e-book web sites include
a link to the publisher’s terms and conditions where consent to copy ‘fairly’ from
an electronic journal or e-book may be given by the publisher’s license. It is your
responsibility to ensure that you are acting within both the copyright law and the
publisher’s license terms.
The library is only permitted to provide paper copies of an electronic article for
other publicly financed libraries (university and college libraries, public libraries,
and other libraries, etc.) - not to private companies.