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Copying Books and Journals for Class Purposes

Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Higher Education licence

The University has a Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Higher Education licence which allows additional copying for educational purposes beyond that which is allowed under the Act.

This covers:
print material only.

This does not cover:
AV material, maps, newspapers or electronic sources (including databases) – these are licensed separately.

The licence allows multiple copies to be made for students – one per student + one for the lecturer – with the following restrictions:

  • a single or several extract(s) from a published edition totalling no more than 5% of the whole work
  • one chapter in a book
  • one article in a journal or a set of conference proceedings
  • up to ten pages of one short story or poem in an anthology
  • one whole single case in a set of judicial proceedings
  • diagrams, illustrations, drawings, photographs and other graphic works may be copied either alone or as part of the above limits, provided they are copied from licensed material
  • acetates and OHP transparencies may be copied for class use.

The CLA licence includes the following restrictions:

  • material may NOT be stored in digital format unless scanned by library staff
  • copies must NOT be sold or hired
  • not all publishers, publications or countries are covered under the licence – please see the CLA Excluded Categories and Works List. This is available from the Photocopy Centre service desk and the Document Delivery Office (ML013)
  • photocopying guidance can also be found next to the photocopiers.

Works from some US publishers can be copied under a reciprocal agreement.
More information about participating US publishers on the CLA website

For information on scanning copies, please see our scanning for class purposes page.

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