Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources

Colorado School of Mines contracts with publishers/vendors to provide users with access to thousands of electronic resources (databases, eJournals, eBooks, etc.) These resources are governed by license agreements that are legally binding on the school. Violations of license terms may result in suspended access for the entire campus, as well as penalties for the person who initiates the violation. These agreements restrict use to currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff, and to walk-in users physically present in the library; authorized off-campus users have access.


  • Printing/downloading limited items (e.g., single article)
  • Using the items for personal, instructional or research needs
  • Limited sharing with other authorized Mines users (e.g., research group, study group)
  • Posting links to specific content


  • Downloading an excessive portion of a resource (e.g., entire journal issue, multiple full-text PDFs from a database, entire books). Publishers DO monitor and track web activity!
  • Automatic or systematic downloading of content.
  • Electronically transmitting online content to non-Mines persons.
  • Posting full articles to Canvas or a public website.
  • Commercial use. Electronic resources licensed to Mines are restricted to academic usage. Separate licenses, payments, and permissions would be required for commercial use.
  • Sharing IDs and Passwords.

Terms and conditions for each electronic resource are generally available from a link on the resource/publisher site. If you have any questions about your intended use of the resource, please consult these terms or ask library staff for guidance.