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As the custodian of digital images of materials in its online collections, the Libraries does not charge a fee for their use and it is not necessary to obtain permission from the Libraries for that use. In some cases, such as if special processing or handling is required to fulfill a user request, the Libraries reserves the right to charge for cost recovery. In addition, for materials not already digitized and openly available on the web, the Libraries reserves the right to impose specific terms of access, use, or reuse based on third-party requirements. The Libraries accepts no responsibility for the use of materials from its online collections.
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