Use Policy


EBBA is open access, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

All materials are available for non-commercial use free of charge. Attribution is required for all non-commercial re-use of EBBA's images, recordings, and other resources.

Creative Commons License

To cite an image or recording of a ballad from EBBA, include the following:

  • the ballad's EBBA ID
  • the ballad's holding library and page number/shelfmark
  • if appropriate, a link to the item on the EBBA site

For example, this ballad, "A Description of Old England...", should be given a citation that includes "EBBA 34108, National Library of Scotland Crawford 1244."

The EBBA ID, holding library name, and shelfmark are displayed on the citation page of each ballad.

To cite one of the essays under Collections or Resources, please include English Broadside Ballad Archive as publisher.

EBBA grants no rights to reproduction of its images for commercial or publishing purposes.

If you wish to use an image found in EBBA commercially, inquire with the holding library.