Terms of Use


Subscribers and Authorized Users that are permitted online access to the ASCE Library may download, save, or print text, search results, or other information from the ASCE Library solely for the private use or research of the Subscriber and the Authorized Users. The Subscriber and Authorized Users may only use this online access in a way that conforms with all applicable laws and regulations.

ASCE grants the Subscriber and Authorized Users permission for brief quotations from the Licensed Materials with the customary acknowledgment of the source, and to copy and transmit content from individual articles, papers, and/or book chapters in “person-to-person” and non-systematic scholarly exchanges of information between Authorized Users and specific individuals. See more details at Permissions.

The Subscriber may supply a copy of an article, paper, or book chapter (i.e. Interlibrary Loan) to a non-subscriber or non-subscribing institution only under the following conditions: ASCE-prepared electronic article files may not be transmitted in their original digital form to any other institution or to a non-Authorized user. A hard copy printed from the electronic files of the content may be supplied to another institution by mail or fax or secure transmission using Ariel or its equivalent, whereby the electronic file is deleted immediately after printing, provided the institution is not-for-profit and within the same country as the Subscriber. The supply of such copies must conform to CONTU guidelines or similar restrictions to ‘fair use’ provisions under copyright law.

Faculty at the Subscriber’s institution may include articles, papers, and/or book chapters, but not entire full-length journals, books, or standards, from the Licensed Materials in anthologies (coursepacks) in print or digital form for distribution to Authorized Users for their use in connections with classroom instruction or in reserves (print or digital) set up by the Subscribing Institution for access by Authorized Users in connection with specific courses. Copies of items in digital form which are included in online coursepacks or reserves will be deleted by the Subscriber after the end of the semester in which the related course concludes.

The Subscriber specifically agrees that use by the Subscriber or Authorized Users other than indicated above is a violation of the terms of use. Any other use of the Licensed Materials requires the written permission of the copyright holder.


The Subscriber shall not knowingly permit anyone other than Authorized Users to use the Licensed Materials. Altering, recompiling, reselling, publishing or republishing (beyond brief quotations with customary acknowledgment of the source) of any text, output, search results, or other information from the Licensed Material, or any portion thereof, including without limitation, copyright, proprietary and/or other legal notices contained therein, in any form or medium is prohibited.

Systematic or programmatic downloading, printing, transmitting, or copying of the Licensed Materials is prohibited. “Systematic or Programmatic” means downloading, printing, transmitting, or copying activity of which the intent or the effect is to capture, reproduce, or transfer the entire output of a journal volume, a journal issue, or a journal topical section, or sequential or cumulative search results, or collection of abstracts, articles, papers, book chapters or tables of contents. Other such systematic or programmatic use of the Licensed Material that interferes with the access of Authorized Users or that may affect the performance of the ASCE Library, for example, the use of “robots” to index content, or downloading or attempting to download large amounts of material in a short period of time, is prohibited. Redistribution of the Licensed Material, without permission by ASCE and/or payment of royalty to ASCE or to the appropriate Reproduction Rights Organization, is prohibited. See more details at Permissions.

All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved to ASCE. The Subscriber and Authorized Users may not circumvent ASCE’s access control systems or use ASCE’s systems or services to make any attempt to gain unauthorized access to any other system or network.

ASCE shall not be required to distribute, and Subscriber shall not redistribute any Library material included therein to a country where the export thereof is prohibited by U.S. law or regulation.