ILL Guidelines

Copyright Statement for Resource Sharing (aka Interlibrary Loan)

U.S. law protects the usage rights of copyright holders, but it also includes limitations which ensure the right to use these works effectively for classroom teaching, study, and research. When obtaining items on behalf of NU faculty, staff, and students, library resource sharing staff abide by the statutes outlined in Title 17 of the U.S. Code, as well as the CONTU Guidelines which aid the interpretation of Sections 107 and 108 of the U.S. Copyright Act. This process requires the utilization of the Copyright Clearance Center and commercial document suppliers to obtain as much requested material as possible.

When requesting a copyrighted work:

A reasonable number of journal articles may be requested under the fair use provision. The CONTU Guidelines clarify “reasonable” according to the rule of five. For copies of journal articles published within the past five years, only five articles may be borrowed from any given journal title during each calendar year. A copyright compliance statement of CCG (conforms to CONTU Guidelines) is noted on the electronic request form. For the sixth and any subsequent requests, the library must pay copyright royalties to the publisher or copyright holder for each article borrowed from that journal.

Note to Users:

It is important that you respect the copyright of the materials you receive via interlibrary loan. The copyright "warning" that you read when you place an interlibrary loan request explains that the law allows the library to obtain copies for you from other libraries under certain conditions. One important condition is that the requested copy should only be used for your personal study, scholarship, or research. It may not be shared with others or used for profit. (Faculty may not use interlibrary loan services to request materials for course reserve). The library may refuse an order if it appears that fulfillment would be a violation of the law and will advise you as to other ways to obtain the needed material.

For more information:

National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyright Works (CONTU). Washington, DC: Library of Congress. 1979.

Copyright Clearance Center.

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