Harvard Library's Privacy Statement
The Harvard Library is committed to protecting the privacy of our users. Our policies conform to the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association, which provides this summation of the library community's commitment to privacy: "We protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted."
The Harvard Library uses Google Analytics to gather statistics for portions of Library websites. The information gathered will be used to improve web services for patrons. Google Analytics uses a browser cookie for statistical analysis related to your browsing behavior on these websites. If you choose, you can opt out by turning off cookies in the preferences settings in your browser, or download and install Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. More information on Google Analytics.
The Library may store personally identifiable information in conjunction with normal loan operations, personalization features of E-Research @ Harvard Libraries, or other services. Please note that the library may be obligated to release such information to federal law enforcement agents in response to a search warrant or subpoena issued in accordance with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, 50 U.S.C. 1861, as amended by the USA PATRIOT Act (Public Law 107-56). That law prohibits library staff from informing you that such a request has been received.
Privacy of Electronic Resource Use
The Harvard Library is equally committed to protecting the privacy of the users of our electronic resources. While Harvard does gather data about system and resource usage for administrative purposes, the use of that information conforms to the precepts of confidentiality denoted in the Code of Ethics statement.
Data gathered about each session varies according to the method of connection to the resource. The resulting logs contain information necessary for analyzing the use of resources, troubleshooting problems and improving services.
Log data is also used to distribute resource costs among Harvard libraries and faculties. These logs remain intact for approximately one fiscal year.
Our commitment to user privacy extends to our agreements with online content providers, including support for the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) Privacy Guidelines For Electronic Resources Vendors. When using the services of an external provider, the privacy policies of that provider will apply.
As a means of accessing electronic resources, this commitment extends to Harvard Library's online catalog HOLLIS. Please see the HOLLIS Privacy Statement for additional descriptions of how the catalog application obtains personal information.
Copyright and Permissions
The material in this collection is owned or held by the Harvard Library. Some of the images, text and other content (collectively, the "Content") is protected by copyright law. In some cases, the copyright is owned by other parties, and Harvard is making the Content available to you under license or under the fair use doctrine.
The Content is provided for your personal, noncommercial teaching and research use. You may not copy, publish, post, distribute, display, perform, or otherwise make available any of the Content protected by copyright, except as may be permitted under fair use or another copyright law exemption, such as the public domain. If you wish to make any such use of the Content, you must obtain permission from the copyright holder, which may be Harvard or another party. Please contact the appropriate repository.
In accessing the system, you agree to use the Content only in accordance with copyright law and any other identified restrictions, and you assume all liability for any copyright infringement caused by your use. Information on copyright law and fair use for members of the Harvard community.
Using the Viewer
Compliance with Copyright and Other Laws and Rights
Public Domain Content
Some of the Content consists of digital reproductions of works that are not protected by copyright in the United States (“Public Domain Content”). The Harvard Library does not assert copyright over those digital reproductions. Subject to Section 4 below, you are free to use Public Domain Content in accordance with the Harvard Library Policy on Access to Digital Reproductions of Works in the Public Domain. Though we may provide information on the copyright status of digitized works accessible through the Viewer, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information. Content that is in the public domain in the U.S. may be in copyright in other countries, and vice versa. You must determine whether Content you wish to use is in the public domain in the place where it will be used.
We make Content other than Public Domain Content (“Other Content”) available for your educational and scholarly use in a manner permitted under fair use or other copyright exemptions, as applicable. Other Content includes any collection material that is not in the public domain. If you wish to copy, distribute, display or make other uses of Other Content, beyond any use allowed under an applicable copyright exemption, you are responsible for obtaining permission from the copyright holder. Where we hold the copyright or have obtained permission from a third party to do so, we may allow broader use of Other Content by so indicating. To request permission under rights held by a third party, please contact the third party.
In some cases, Content may be subject to non-copyright restrictions of which we are aware, such as restrictions imposed under a donor agreement. In that event, we will note the restrictions in the catalog record for the relevant Content, and you may use that Content only in a manner consistent with those restrictions.
We respect the intellectual property rights of others. Though we have endeavored to deliver through the Viewer only Content that we may lawfully include, copyright determinations are often hard to make. If we have made an error, we would like to fix it. If you believe your copyright has been violated by way of the Viewer, please notify us as provided at Report Copyright Infringements. That contact information pertains only to notifications of claimed infringement. Please direct all other communications concerning the Viewer to http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.OIS:viewerhelp.
Disclaimers; Limitation of Liability and Remedies; Indemnity
Applicable Law and Jurisdiction; Access from Outside Massachusetts
E-Resources Copyright & Licensing
Users are individually responsible for compliance with these terms.
All Harvard users must respect the copyrights in works that are accessible through computers connected to the Harvard network. No copyrighted work may be copied, published, disseminated, displayed, performed or played without permission of the copyright holder except in accordance with fair use or licensed agreement. This includes music, movies and other copyrighted material. Harvard may terminate the network access of users who are found to have repeatedly infringed the copyright of others. Students with questions about copyrights or this policy are invited to raise those questions with any dean, tutor or academic officer. Staff supervisors and members of the Faculty are welcome to call the University's Office of General Counsel.
Licensed electronic resources are restricted to members of the Harvard community and to on-site users of Harvard's libraries for purposes of research, teaching, and private study. Under Harvard's licenses for electronic resources, users generally may not:
- permit anyone other than authorized users to use the licensed materials
- modify or create a derivative work of the licensed materials without the permission of the licensor
- remove, obscure or modify any copyright or other notices included in the licensed materials
- use the licensed materials for commercial purposes, including but not limited to the sale of the licensed materials
- reproduce or redistribute licensed materials in bulk or in a systematic way
- post content or items from the licensed materials to social networking sites