Answered By: Gail Clement
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2018     Views: 9

Caltech users may download and retain a reasonable quantity of ebooks available from the Caltech Library for the purposes of their own individual learning, consultation, or research. They may not, however, redistribute the ebooks to others due to copyright and licensing restrictions.

Our E-books representative from Elsevier has written:

A student or teacher who downloads a few articles or other items for their own research or educational purposes under their organizations subscription agreement, will not be required to delete such content from their laptop or PC after the agreement ended. We don’t say this explicitly in the agreement but it derives from the scholarly use exception (similar to fair use in the US).

Should Caltech faculty wish to include a downloaded ebook in their course readings, please contact the Library via library at to determine whether our license allows this type of reuse.  For credit classes at Caltech, librarians will make sure to acquire the appropriate license to allow unlimited use by students in the course.