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Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery: Copyright Considerations for ILL

A guide to Interlibrary Loan and document delivery services at Himmelfarb.

Copyright Notice

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research". If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

The "Rule of Five"

Himmelfarb may request up to five articles published within the past five years from a journal to which we do not subscribe. For example, between January 1 2016 and December 31 2016, we may request up to five articles published between 2011 and 2016 from the Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation. Any requests that exceed this amount are subject to additional copyright royalties. Articles that were not published within the past five years are not subject to this copyright guideline. 

To offset the cost of obtaining articles for which Himmelfarb would have to pay additional copyright royalties, we request that patrons cover some of the cost. You will be contacted via email if this situation applies to your request, and given the chance to accept charges before we fill the request. 

- From the State Library of Iowa, Interlibrary Loan Copyright Compliance.


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