Library Copyright

The St. Edward's University Library and its web properties provide access to a wide range of materials in many formats, including online exhibits, research guides, digital image repositories, bibliographies, lesson plans, and our catalog. We believe the work that we do is in service not only of the St. Edward's University community, but also the greater good.

In keeping with the St. Edward's University Mission and the distinguishing characteristics of the Congregation of the Holy Cross to help others provide educational opportunities for all people, the St. Edward's University Library has chosen a Creative Commons license.


An essential part of our mission is to make information and resources available for educational and scholarly purposes. We stand firmly behind the statutory concept of fair use as provided in the U.S. Copyright Act. (17 U.S.C. Section 107). It is the user's obligation to evaluate rights issues in light of their own use. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or specific agreement requires the permission of the copyright owners.

Our Work

Materials authored by our staff and librarians that appear on our web properties fall under a Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0 license, and you are free to reproduce or use them, provided you give proper attribution to the St. Edward's University Library. You are also free to adapt, transform, and build upon the material, provided that you distribute your contributions in turn under the same license.

Please note that the CC BY-SA 4.0 license does not apply to materials for which we are not the copyright holder — including third-party material that is being used under fair use or with permission (such as third-party databases). It also does not apply to staff profile photographs, or photographs that contain easily identifiable images of students, faculty, or staff.

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Public Domain

You do not need permission to use public domain materials, that is, materials that are not covered by copyright, though we ask that you give proper attribution to the St. Edward's University Library.


If you have any questions regarding the copyright status of any material on the Library's website please contact us at