Scholars Portal : Terms of Use

User Agreement

Scholars Portal is a service of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). OCUL is a consortium of 21 academic libraries in the province of Ontario, acting under the authority of the Council of Ontario Universities.

OCUL has licensed millions of articles, electronic books, numeric and geospatial data files for the use of researchers and students of its member libraries. These resources are made available through various Scholars Portal services. Access to and use of Scholars Portal and the content it provides is governed by the terms and conditions below. By using Scholars Portal, you agree to all the terms and conditions of this User Agreement. This User Agreement is subject to change without notice.

Who may use the data

Access to Scholars Portal is limited to ³Authorized Users² of the 21 universities in Ontario. Authorized Users are defined as educators, students and other staff members who currently are affiliated with an Ontario university. Authorized Users must not share user IDs and passwords or enable anyone who is not an Authorized User to gain access to Scholars Portal and the content it houses.

Permitted Uses

OCUL grants you a limited license to the content on Scholars Portal. You may search, view, download, copy, print, save, display, share with other Authorized Users, and post links to specific content to other Authorized Users. In some cases, you may also republish content if you have prior permission from the copyright holder of that content. You may do these things for the purposes of teaching, academic research, analysis, and/or planning of educational services within Ontario universities.

Prohibited Uses

Without the specific consent of the copyright holder, Scholars Portal content cannot be:


Used with any product, service or application that you create or distribute Displayed or made available on any other website or server without permission

Warranty Disclaimer

OCUL maintains Scholars Portal as a tool to support the academic community in Ontario. However, OCUL provides no warranty and makes no claims as to the reliability, accuracy or integrity of the content it licenses from third parties. Data may contain errors, may not be current, and may omit important information. OCUL also provides no warranty as to the uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free functioning of its website.

Liability Disclaimer

OCUL employees, managers and other officers do not assume any liability for damages caused directly or indirectly by any action or inaction based on the content, information, products or services or other material made available through Scholars Portal, or by its non-availability.


You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless OCUL, its governing board, officers, agents, employees, partners, funders and suppliers from any liabilities, losses, claims, demands, and expenses related to your use of Scholars Portal.


Any breach of these Terms of Use could result in your use being terminated. At its sole discretion, OCUL may suspend or terminate, temporarily or permanently, your use for any reason, with or without notice to you.

Governing Law

Use of Scholars Portal is governed by the federal and provincial legislation in force in the Province of Ontario, Canada.


OCUL reserves the intellectual property rights pertaining to its website¹s graphics, navigation and search tool design.