This Terms of Use Policy covers the web sites and (the "Site/s") and the services ("Services") available through the Site/s. These Sites are operated by Chicago Collections Consortium ("CCC" or "we"). This policy only applies to CCC. It does not apply to the practices of companies or organizations that CCC does not own or control, or to people that CCC does not employ or manage.

Access and use of content

Use of content on these sites may be for educational, non-commercial use. If you wish to use material on the website for other purposes, please contact CCC or the member institution that holds the content. If you contact CCC, you will be referred to the member institution.

You may not violate intellectual property, privacy, or other rights. You are prohibited from using our services to post or distribute content that you do not have the right to use, or otherwise infringe someone else's intellectual property rights. You may not reproduce, transfer, sell, resell, transmit, display, or otherwise misuse any content from our Services.

Third party services

You may post the content you find on these sites on social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest. Once you do so, you are responsible to adhering to the policies of those platforms.

User responsibilities

Users should contact member institutions or Chicago Collections if they wish to use material on the website for educational, non-commercial use. Users are also responsible for properly citing all material they find through Explore Chicago Collections.


You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the CCC from any and all claims, liabilities, expenses, and damages, including reasonable attorneys' fees and costs, made by any third party related to: (a) your use or attempted use of the Services in violation of these Terms; or (b) your violation of any law or rights of any third party.

Governing Law and Arbitration

You agree that any dispute related to these Terms will be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois, excluding its conflicts of law provisions.

Other policies

See CCC's Privacy Policy and Take-Down Policy for relevant issues.

Changes To This Terms Of Use Policy

We reserve the right to modify this Terms of Use Policy at any time, so please check for change notices on a regular basis. If we decide to change our policy in a material way, we will post a prominent change notice on the Site, and we may notify you by email of those changes so that you continue to be aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our Terms of Use Policy, please contact us at, or visit the Chicago Collections contact page.

This Terms of Use Policy was last updated on November 11, 2015.