Copyright Information

The Ohio State University Libraries’ (“the Libraries”) website provides online access to a wide variety of materials and digital collections in support of research and anytime, anywhere learning for The Ohio State University, for the state of Ohio, and for an ever-expanding community of world scholars.


Works appearing on or accessible via the Libraries’ website may be protected by copyright, and are made available for research and educational purposes. In general, the Libraries do not own the copyright for materials from our collections and cannot grant copyright permissions for these materials.

The user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status. If copyright protection applies, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder to reuse, publish, or reproduce the work beyond the bounds of fair use or other exceptions to the law. Works in the public domain are not protected by copyright and do not require permission to use.

Please cite The Ohio State University Libraries as the source of the material when using or reproducing materials from the Libraries’ collections.

Creative Commons License 

Most works appearing on the Libraries’ website that were created by the Libraries’ faculty and staff are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. This includes handouts, instructional materials, LibGuides content, and administrative, procedural, or policy documents.

To use materials from the Libraries' website under the terms of the CC BY license, you must credit The Ohio State University Libraries as the source of the material(s), include the CC BY license information, and indicate if changes were made to the material(s). Please see How to attribute a Creative Commons licensed work for more information about how to comply with the requirements of the CC BY license.

The CC BY license does not apply to:

  • works for which the Libraries do not own the copyright (or do not have permission to sublicense), such as:
    • materials from the Libraries’ collections. 
    • traditional scholarly works by Libraries’ faculty (blogs and exhibit work may belong to this category, and may be explicitly excluded from the CC BY license). 
  • photographs that contain easily identifiable images of faculty, staff, or students.
  • proprietary software.
  • trademarks and logos.

Contact Us

If you have questions or information about the copyright status of materials on the OSU Libraries’ website, please contact us and include a link to the relevant material for our reference. Contact information for some of the larger collections is available below; if you are not sure which collection to contact, please send your inquiry to University Libraries’ Copyright Services.

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum
Contact BICLM -- View the BICLM digital collection

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archives
Contact the Polar ArchivesView the Polar Archives digital collection

Hilandar Research Library
Contact HRLView the HRL digital collection

Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute
Contact TRIView the TRI digital collection

The Knowledge Bank
Contact the KBView the KB collection

University Archives
Contact University ArchivesView the University Archives digital collection

Learn More

Visit the Copyright section of this website to learn more about copyright, including copyright basics, fair use, author's rights, using materials, and more.

Reporting Copyright Infringement on OSU Websites

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, if you find material on an OSU hosted website that you think might infringe copyright or you think that your copyrighted work is being infringed on an OSU website, you may contact the DMCA Agent or call 614-688-HELP (4357) to request that the item(s) be removed.