Intellectual Properties Policy

Use and Attribution

Users of all digital resources are encouraged to cite and link to digital content and are free to do so without asking for permission. All materials are available for download from Ohio Memory, or other Library digital distribution platforms, for personal research purposes. Toledo Lucas County Public Library does not have authority to grant or deny permissions to use images from materials that are in the public domain. When a user seeks to utilize materials that have been identified as under copyright protection, the user is responsible for identifying and securing the necessary permissions from the copyright holder to utilize the materials. Where uses of digital resources are permitted either because the materials do not have copyright protection, or appropriate permissions have been secured from rights holders, we request that TLCPL be attributed as the source of the digital images with the addition of "courtesy of Toledo Lucas County Public Library" to the citation, and that links to the digital images be included where possible.


TLCPL works to provide an array of archival and access services in order to preserve the history of Toledo and Lucas County. All objects in the archive are either in the public domain, have the necessary permissions from donors to make the materials available, or are shared as part of a fair-use calculation. TLCPL only provides access to those materials where permitted by law or by the rights holder. Frequently, the Library does not own the copyright for materials from our collections and cannot grant copyright permissions for these materials. When seeking to use materials under copyright protection, you need to make your own assessment of the copyright or other legal concerns related to uses beyond those provided by the Toledo Lucas County Public Library for particular works.

Please Note: This policy has been adapted from those that HathiTrust makes available under a CC-BY license.

Library Generated Digital Resources

All intellectual property generated by the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, and the agents and personnel of that organization, to which a copyright would apply and to which TLCPL would own the intellectual property rights are uniformly published under a Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain dedication (

Take-Down Policy

The Toledo Lucas County Public Library makes every effort to ensure that it has appropriate rights to provide access to digital content. In those cases where the rights are unclear (e.g., when we encounter copyright information that, relative to the work in hand, is ambiguous or contradictory), we archive but do not provide access to the work. Where possible, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library secures rights to use works that are in copyright. Parties who have questions or who wish to contest the use of specific works may contact the Digitization Services team at or:

Toledo Lucas County Public Library Main Library
Local History and Genealogy Department
c/o Supervisor Digitization Services
325 Michigan Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604

With all such communications, please include:

A physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner. NOTE: If an agent is providing the notification, also include a statement that the agent is authorized to act on behalf of the owner.

Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the Library to locate the material. Providing URLs in your communication is the best way to help us locate content quickly.

The Toledo Lucas County Public Library will respond to all correspondence as expeditiously as possible. If the Library is not able to determine within three business days that the Library is permitted to use the work(s) in question, the Library will cease providing access to the work until or unless it can determine that such uses are permitted. The Library may work with the Lucas County Prosecutor's Office to make determinations about appropriate use. Depending on these determinations, the Library may restrict access to the work(s) in question or remove them from its systems. Removing the work(s) in question will result in the Library ceasing to provide long-term preservation resources to the digitized content.

Please Note: This policy has been adapted from those that HathiTrust makes available under a CC-BY license.

Approved by the Board of Trustees - February 2020