Penn State Libraries Copyright Statement

The Penn State University Libraries is the heart of Penn State, supporting academic excellence, research prominence, and superior public service. The Libraries provide access to its collections for research, scholarship, and education. Collections in the Libraries are found in many locations and include aggregated materials, exhibits, digitized text and photos and other media, special collections and finding aids.


The Libraries makes all of its digitized collections available for teaching, learning and research. Although the Libraries evaluates copyright in its collections before making them publicly available online, these materials may not all be part of the public domain, even though they have been made publicly accessible. 

Whenever possible the Libraries provides rights information in the catalog and finding aids. It is the users’ responsibility to adhere to the stated access policy, copyright laws, and the educational fair use guidelines, and obtain permissions for their own use where necessary. Permissions are required whenever the reproduction or transmission of copyrighted materials exceeds the boundaries of fair use and the particular use is not permitted by agreement. Where the Libraries does not hold the copyright to the material we cannot grant permission to use it.

Public Domain Materials

No permission is necessary to use public domain materials. We would love for you to share where you found the item so that others may investigate the resources in our collections.

Penn State University Libraries Website Material

All materials that appear on the Penn State Libraries' website created by Penn State staff & librarians are licensed under a Creative Commons CC-BY license. You may reproduce them as long as they are properly attributed. The CC-BY license does not apply to any materials to which we do not own the copyright.

Electronic Resources

Reproducing and reproducing the materials in library electronic resources is generally not permitted by our license agreements with publishers. You may provide a link to the content in its place. Course content creators should coordinate with Course Reserves to ensure that a persistent link is properly formatted.