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Copyright and privacy

Copyright help

VCU Libraries offers copyright resources and guidance as part of our commitment to educate the VCU community about copyright, fair use, intellectual property, and related issues affecting teaching, research and scholarship. 

VCU Libraries copyright 

All content created by the VCU Libraries faculty and staff on the VCU Libraries website is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). Other materials found on this website, such as photographs, trademarks, logos, etc., may be copyrighted by their sources or may be in the public domain. If you have questions, contact us.

The Commons on Flickr

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Libraries participates in The Commons on Flickr to further its educational mission and to increase public access to its collections of images.

The VCU Libraries images that are part of The Commons on Flickr are marked "no known copyright restrictions." This means that we are unaware of any current copyright restrictions on the works so designated, either because the term of copyright may have expired without being renewed, because no evidence has been found that copyright restrictions apply, or because we own the copyright but are not exercising that control. The VCU Libraries cannot guarantee that private or commercial use of the images shared on The Commons will not violate the rights of unidentified copyright holders and we cannot be responsible for any liability resulting from the use of these images. If you are the copyright holder for an image, please contact us.

The photos we have posted in our collection are to be used for educational, research or personal purposes. High-resolution files of these images are available upon request. Please visit our Flickr Commons page to learn more about the VCU Libraries' Flickr Commons project.


Virginia Commonwealth University and VCU Libraries are strongly committed to maintaining the privacy of those individuals who share confidential personal information and other highly sensitive information with us. In addition to VCU's privacy statement, VCU Libraries is committed to protecting the privacy of our Website visitors. We do not collect any personal information such as name, telephone number, address, VCUCard number, etc. unless you provide it to us voluntarily when conducting an online transaction on the VCU Libraries Website. We do collect non-personal information from each visitor to the VCU Libraries Website to allow us to manage the Website.

Personal information collected

When you choose to provide personal information to us to conduct an online transaction, we use it only for the purpose of conducting the specific online transaction that you requested. For each online transaction, we require only the minimum amount of personal information required to process your request. Examples personal information that may be required to process an online transaction include:

  • name
  • academic status (faculty, graduate, etc)
  • email address
  • telephone number
  • postal address
  • VCUCard number
  • credit card number

We do not give, share, sell or transfer any personal information to a third party unless required to do so by law. If you do not want any personal information collected, please do not submit it to us; however, without this information we will be unable to process your online transaction. If you want to review or correct personal information you previously submitted, please contact us.

Non-Personal information collected

We collect non-personal information from every visitor to the VCU Libraries Website. For example, to track the number of computers used to visit our site and to identify our most popular pages we collect the Internet Protocol address - a series of distinct numbers that identify your computer. Other examples of this type of information include the:

  • browser type and version and the operating system you are using,
  • domain name of the Website or internet service provider and referral site from which you linked to our site
  • geographical location of the network used for accessing the VCU Libraries Website, and
  • time and date of access.

We use this non-personal information primarily in a statistical summary type format to assess site content and server performance.

Third-party services

VCU Libraries uses Google Analytics and CrazyEgg to analyze web visitor statistics and improve web services for site users. These third-party services use a persistent cookie to gather non-personally identifiable information such as network location; hostname; web pages requested; referring web page; browser used; screen resolution; and date and time.

You may opt out of Google Analytics by turning off cookies in your browser preferences or installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. You may also opt out of CrazyEgg.

Use of cookies

We use non-persistent cookies to deliver to you a number of services, and discard the cookies as soon as you close your web browser.

In addition, some of the databases to which the VCU Libraries subscribes use cookies to save the information that you input while progressing through a search. If your browser is not configured to "accept" cookies, you will still be able to access the information on our Website, but you may not be able to perform online searches in all of our databases.


The VCU Libraries site has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of information under our control.

Comments or review

If you have questions about this privacy statement or the practices of the VCU Libraries Website or if you choose to review or correct any of your personal information you previously submitted, please contact us.

Terms of use

User comments and posts

We encourage your comments across our websites. Postings that include sensitive data, confidential information, profanity, personal attacks, solicitation and/or promotion of any goods and/or services or other inappropriate material will be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate these posting standards.

You are fully responsible for the content that you share. Postings or comments made by individuals do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of VCU or VCU Libraries.


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