Who can use our online resources?

Staff and students of Imperial have full access to online resources such as e-journals, e-books and databases as given in the terms and conditions of the College's licence agreements.

NHS Trust staff have full access access to a limited number of online resources. Access to most online resources is from computers within the Library only.

Alumni with an online services account have access to a limited number of online resources, see Alumni: access online resources for details.

You are permitted to

  • Access, download, search and print, for private study or research
  • Make single electronic copies of a reasonable number of individual articles from an e-journal
  • Access, download, search and print a small number of records from a database

You are not permitted to

  • Carry out systematic, bulk or automatic downloading, unless the downloading of content is for the purpose of text or data mining.
  • Download or printing a whole e-book. The maximum normally permitted is one chapter or 5%.
  • Use content for commercial purposes

Other restrictions

  • Some titles are restricted to particular campus sites. Where this applies, the information will appear in the "Details" tab in Library Search.
  • All users must observe the copyright restrictions of each service.

Infringement of the Library's licences with publishers and suppliers is against library regulations and may lead to them withdrawing a service.

Terms and conditions and copyright restrictions are normally listed on the website of the service or publisher. For further advice please ASK the Library.