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Copyright, Fair Use & File Sharing: Interlibrary
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See CONTU Guidelines on Photocopying under Interlibrary Loan Agreements

May the library make copies to send elsewhere for interlibrary loan?

Copies for interlibrary loan become the property of the individual patron and fall under the same rules as other copies for research purposes. In addition: 

  • The lending library must attach a copyright notice as it appears in the original.  
  • The borrowing library may not borrow in such quantities “as to substitute for a subscription to or purchase of such work.”  
  • If in one year the library requests more than 5 articles from the most current 5 years from any single journal, the library will either consider the journal for library subscription or pay the copyright fee.