Answered By: Deborah Kelley-Milburn
Last Updated: Mar 01, 2017     Views: 222

Most books in Widener and the other Harvard Libraries are not the intellectual property of Harvard Library, so we can't legally grant or deny permission for use. Most books have copyright information in the information page(s) in the front of the book (in the case of US publications that's the Library of Congress information page).

If the item is in the public domain you can use it without permission. For more information, see the Harvard Library Policy on Access to Digital Reproductions of Works in the Public Domain.

  • Citation and credit: Harvard Library requests as a matter of good scholarly practice that appropriate citations be provided to the source of digital reproductions that are used in any media. Source libraries and archives often provide preferred forms of attribution, citation, or credit in the metadata for a digital reproduction.

There are some cases in which a Harvard library, archive or collection does hold the copyright on an item. In these cases, or if you're not sure who owns the copyright or whether or not the item is in the public domain on an item, you can write directly to the Harvard Library, archive or collection that holds that item. If you're not sure which part of the library that is, submit a query to Ask a Librarian and we'll connect you as appropriate.

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