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The library assists researchers with copyrights, trademarks, patents, and more and is an official Patent & Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) representing the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Office interior of the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)


Steely Library holds a comprehensive range of federal documents entitled the Catalog of Copyright Entries. This unique annual (1907-1978) index supports researchers to verify whether or not certain copyrighted works have entered the public domain. Steely Library’s copyright service assists researchers and instructors with fair use and how to register one’s own copyrighted works. 

Patents & Trademarks

Designated in 2013, Steely Library is a Patent & Trademark Resource Center (PTRC), joining a nationwide network of libraries that distribute patent and trademark information to support the public’s intellectual property needs. Steely Library assists both campus and community users with questions and instruction regarding patents and trademarks, but does not provide legal advice.

As a PTRC, Steely Library provides tools and collections comparable to the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, VA. We offer free public access to large up-to-date collections of patent and trademark databases, pertinent search and reference resources, helpful knowledgeable staff, and confidentiality. 

Services include:

  • How to conduct a patent and trademark search with online USPTO databases and onsite PubEAST and PubWEST, examiner-based search systems. We also feature the LexisNexis patent database (community visitors must use LexisNexis onsite).
  • How to search the directory of patent attorneys licensed to practice before the USPTO.
  • Identify related intellectual property information resources and describe the application process.

Questions about copyright, patents, and trademarks? Contact Christian Sheehy.