Rights / Use Guidance

The University Libraries is pleased to provide digital collections for research, teaching, and learning purposes and activities!

Although these collections have, for the most part, been made publicly accessible, not all the objects in these collections are in the public domain. Even if a collection is in the public domain, it is still best practice to cite where it came from and/or credit the author. Citation guidance for digital collection items may be found here.

For collections under copyright protection, texts and images from the digital collections may not be used for any commercial purpose, or beyond the normal “fair use” guidelines without prior permission from Penn State University and/or those parties who own the copyright. Where copyright is of concern in any material in question, that right is owned either by Penn State University, or by the original creators of the object, or their descendants.

When using any copyright-protected materials in these collections, the user is responsible for securing permissions and adhering to the stated access policy, copyright laws, and educational fair-use guidelines.

For more information about our digital collections, consult this research guide on digital collections at Penn State.

To find openly accessible images, consult the image searching resource on this blog.

For additional assistance, contact:

  • Patricia Hswe, Digital Content Strategist / Co-Lead, Publishing and Curation Services – pmh22@psu.edu | 814-867-3702
  • Brandy Karl, Copyright Officer – bak25@psu.edu | 814-867-5921

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