Use of electronic resources

We subscribe to a range of online databases and collections of e-journals and e-books. These guidelines describe permitted and prohibited use of licensed online e-resources by members of the library.

Most of our online databases and e-collections are available under licence from the service providers. It is your responsibility to ensure that your use of these e-resources complies with copyright law, as well as with the licence conditions imposed by providers.

When you join the library, you agree to abide by these conditions of use, as part of our computer use policy. Library members can access many or our e-resources remotely. Check the Databases page to find out which ones are accessible outside the library.


  • You may use licensed e-resources for non-commercial research or private study only.
  • You may download or print material for the purposes of non-commercial research or private study without the permission of the copyright owner.
  • You may reproduce a single print or digital copy of limited portions of data for personal use only.
  • You may not remove, obscure or modify any copyright notices attached to the data.
  • Unless otherwise stated, all material on the internet is protected by copyright legislation. 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 must acknowledge the copyright status when you use copyrighted materials, unless it is impracticable to do so.