Licensing Terms and Subscriber Obligations
Statewide databases funded through the Nebraska Library Commission are
governed by license agreements with the database vendors. Libraries that have registered for these
databases should strive to adhere to the terms and conditions set forth in these
agreements. A violation of the terms and conditions set forth in a
specific database license agreement jeopardizes access to that database by the
violating library and potentially puts our statewide contract at risk.
Your cooperation in complying with all database terms and conditions is
One of the most common ways libraries violate license agreements is by
distributing database passwords in such a way that they are made available to
non-Nebraskans. Several simple suggestions for avoiding this breach are
DO create a flyer listing database access instructions and passwords
that you can hand out to your patrons.
DO inform patrons that they should not share database passwords with
friends and family out of state.
DON'T post passwords to publicly-accessible web pages.
DON'T publish passwords in newspapers, newsletters, school bulletins, or
other mass-circulation publications.
Libraries should also be careful not to promote to their patrons or themselves pursue
unauthorized uses of these databases. These databases are generally
provided to Nebraska citizens to meet their personal and educational information
needs. Other uses, particularly commercial uses, may be prohibited. If you have questions about
permitted uses please contact the Nebraska Library Commission or review the
license agreements listed below.
Database License Agreements Governing Nebraska Statewide Databases
- Books in Print
(R.R. Bowker has requested that we not post the license
agreement signed by the Nebraska Library Commission and Bowker to our public
website. As an alternative, we are providing a copy of the standard R.R.
Bowker Usage Agreement. This agreement outlines basic terms and
conditions that apply to all of Bowker's online products.)
- eLibrary (PDF) Not licensed for use by
- FirstSearch (PDF) (Note: Per these Terms and Conditions
the FirstSearch service for cataloging purposes is expressly prohibited)
(includes Wilson OmniFile Full Text Select and Wilson Biographies Plus
Nebraska Library Commission Terms
In addition to the terms and conditions outlined in the database contracts,
the Nebraska Library Commission sets forth the following terms and conditions
that libraries must agree to in order to get access to the databases:
- These databases shall be provided at my library to any Nebraska citizen
regardless of his or her place of residency within this state (except for K-12
media centers where it shall be provided to all students and staff).
- Public access to these databases shall be available to all library users.
Libraries may provide remote patron access to Books in Print, eLibrary,
FirstSearch, HeritageQuest Online, and WilsonWeb.
- There shall be no charge to any library user for these databases including
charges to access the Internet while using these databases.