The Penn Libraries license resources in support of the teaching and research mission of the University. For that reason, use of Penn Libraries licensed resources is generally restricted to current students, faculty, and staff. Most licensing arrangements restrict the access we can provide to other library users. Visitors to the library are invited to use the Franklin Catalog and Articles+, although access to many of the linked online resources is restricted.
Publications, databases, and associated content are copyright protected. All reproductions of copyrighted material must be for noncommercial educational “fair use” as defined by 17 U.S.C. 107.
Users should consult the terms governing use (often referred to as "Terms and Conditions" or "Conditions of Use") on the homepage of a resource to inform themselves of restrictions and ensure that their use complies with copyright and contractual restrictions. Publishers and information providers carefully monitor the use of their resources. Clear policy violations and suspected misuses can result in suspension of access for individual users. Such actions can also result in the cancelation of the service for the entire University. In general, and unless otherwise noted, users should follow the guidelines below.
Please contact the Acquisitions, Access and Licensing Department for clarification of appropriate use and restrictions on a particular database.
All use must conform to the University of Pennsylvania’s Acceptable Use Policy on Electronic Resources.