Terms of use

There are two Terms of use which apply to the micrographs in this library. Each entry in the library indicates which of these applies to the image for that given entry. United Kingdom and international copyright laws protect all images in the DoITPoMS Micrograph Library.

  Creative Commons Licence

The majority of these micrographs are licensed for re-use under the Creative Commons licence "Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales". Please read this licence agreement carefully before using this service and ensure that for any reuse or distribution that you make clear to others the licence terms of the re-use. By using this service you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of the CC-BY-NC-SA licence.

A small number of micrographs still fall under the original DoITPoMS terms of use as set out below.

  DoITPoMS standard terms of use

The DoITPoMS Micrograph Library is a collection of materials micrograph images provided for non-profit making purposes within educational institutions subject to agreement with the terms and conditions below. Please read this agreement carefully before using the service. By using the service you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions below.

  1. Copies of the images may be freely downloaded and used for non-profit making activities within educational institutions. Full acknowledgement must be given (see 2).

    Acceptable use allows incorporation of images in:

    • lectures and presentations
    • computer aided learning materials, online tutorials, tests, homework, etc
    • educational web pages
    • other legitimate educational material

  2. The copyright in the images and metadata of the DoITPoMS Micrograph Library resides with the individual contributors. The copyright in the DoITPoMS Micrograph Library resides with the University of Cambridge. Individual contributors and their institutions must be acknowledged in any use of the image. In addition, the DoITPoMS Micrograph Library, University of Cambridge must be acknowledged. Such acknowledgement must be visible within any teaching material produced and accompanying literature if applicable e.g. © DoITPoMS Micrograph Library, University of Cambridge.

  3. Copies of the images cannot be sold or made available under loan. Commercial reproduction is prohibited and multiple distribution of any kind is prohibited except for educational use.

  4. If you or your institution wish to develop teaching material to sell that includes images from the archive, you must contact DoITPoMS.

Downloading material from this site is subject to the terms of use. By using this site, you signify your assent to these terms.


The DoITPoMS Micrograph Library is an educational resource aimed at teachers, lecturers and students. Although it is openly accessible to all, users should bear in mind that the resources are primarily meant for teaching and learning purposes. The Library should not be regarded as a primary source of scientific or safety-critical information. The Library should not be used as a substitute for standard recognised sources of scientific data and safety-critical information.

The images, image metadata and learning and teaching resources in the DoITPoMS Micrograph Library have been derived from subject specialists in materials science and every effort has been made to ensure the quality of the resources. However, neither DoITPoMS nor the University of Cambridge can be held responsible, to the extent permitted by law, for any error, omission or inaccuracy in the information provided, nor for any damage, loss or expense resulting from the use of these resources.

DoITPoMS has made every effort to ensure that all micrographs have been contributed with the permission of their owners, with whom the copyright remains. If you discover a micrograph that you own in the Library without your permission, please contact DoITPoMS and we will remove it immediately upon receipt of proof of ownership.

The DoITPoMS Micrograph Library has links to external websites. DoITPoMS has no control over these external pages and cannot be held responsible for their availability or content.