The Indian Statistical Institute library subscribes to electronic resources such as databases, e-journals, e-books to support the academic activities of the students, faculty and staff of the Institute. Each of these resources subscribed by the Institute are governed by license and contract agreements and contains strict guidelines on the use by the authorized users.

Authorized Users are individuals who are affiliated to the organization by way of employment or students/scholars of the institution.

Individuals should use these resources for personal study or research purpose only.  Authorized users should not use the articles/documents of these electronic resources for commercial purpose. Wherever these articles/documents are used, due credit of copyright should be given to the source.

Distributing these resources through photocopies, printouts for purposes other than academic interest or sharing one’s individual access details is strictly prohibited.

These resources can be searched, browsed and material may be downloaded and printed as single copies of articles as is done in the case of printed library material. Downloading or printing of a complete book or an entire issue or a volume of one or more journals (called systematic downloading) is strictly prohibited.

Use of robots, spiders or intelligent agents to access, search and/or systematically download from these resources is also prohibited. Any violation of this policy will result in penal action as per the rules and regulations of the Institute.

Please note that systematic downloading will make the publisher to block accessing these resources to the entire community of users @ ISI.  Defaulter will be penalized as per Institute norms

Mounting or distributing any part of the licensed material on any electronic network, including the Internet and the World Wide Web, other than the Secure Network (a network which is only accessible to "authorized users" whose conduct shall be subjected to regulation by the licensee) is prohibited.

The e-resources are provided by both the institute which incorporates thousands of electronic journals and bibliographic databases for use. The terms and conditions for using these resources are spelt out in electronic resource license agreements with each publisher. It is the responsibility of individual users to follow the usage policy for using electronic resources. The general principles for using e-resources are as follows:

Permitted Not Permitted
Viewing, downloading, copying, printing and saving a copy of search results Use of robots or intelligent agents to do systematic, bulk or automatic downloading is not permitted
Viewing, downloading, copying, printing and saving individual articles Systematic downloading or printing of entire journal issues or volumes, or large portions of other e-resources is not permitted
Using e-resources for scholarly, educational or scientific research, teaching, private study and clinical purposes Using e-resources for commercial gain is not permitted (i.e. reselling, redistributing or republishing licensed content)
Sending a copy of an article to another authorized user (i.e. current faculty, students or staff) Transmitting, disseminating or otherwise making online content available to unauthorized users (i.e. sending to mailing lists or electronic bulletin boards) is not permitted
Posting the URL to the publisher's version of the article on a class website (publisher links will allow only authorized users access) Posting the publisher's version or PDF of an article to an open class website is not permitted (instead, post the URL to the article which will allow only authorized users access)


Application of Indian/International Laws

Indian Statistical Institute does not permit the illegal downloading and/or sharing of copyrighted material in any form or manner. Electronic resources are copyrighted and are subject to all applicable copyright and protection rights under the laws of India and other countries. All uses including downloading, printing or creating copies of content from these resources must be consistent with existing fair use laws as defined by the copyright law of India or International law.

Policy on Denying Access

Violators of Indian Statistical Institute electronic resource usage policy risk having their library access suspended and access to the resource(s) blocked. This is applicable to all users of this service.

Breaches of the license agreement with publishers could result in the suspension of access to the resources for the member institutions.  For more information, please contact Chief Librarian at