Each online resource is available under a licence from the publisher that permits certain uses and forbids others. It is your responsibility to ensure that your use of electronic resources complies with copyright law, as well as with usage restrictions imposed by providers.
When you join the Wellcome Library, you agree to abide by these conditions of use, as part of the Library's computer use policy.
Permitted uses of online resources
Typically, you may:
- Use a resource for non-commercial research or private study.
- Print a single copy of limited portions for personal use.
- Download limited portions for personal use.
Library members may access some resources offsite. Visit the Databases A-Z page to find out which e-resources are available anywhere with a Library card.
You should not:
- Use a resource for any commercial purpose.
- Remove, obscure or modify any copyright notices.
- Make multiple print or electronic copies.
Copyright law: work in an electronic form
- You may download or print material for the purposes of non-commercial research or private study without the permission of the copyright owner.
- When copying it is strongly recommended to observe the guidance provided below unless you have a specific permission from the copyright owner.
- Unless otherwise stated, ALL material on the internet is protected by copyright.
- You are advised to carefully read all copyright notices and/or usage restrictions on any website from which you intend to download or print.
- You may download or print a single copy for personal use.
- You must acknowledge the copy unless it is impracticable to do so.
Be aware: a breach of copyright is considered a legal offence.