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Copyright Guidelines

About Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan is a cooperative agreement among libraries that allow libraries to borrow materials from each other for the benefit of their library users. Interlibrary loan is intended for personal use and not for distribution. For instance, materials borrowed through interlibrary loan generally cannot be placed on course reserves without copyright permission.

Copyright guidelines govern the types of copying and loaning libraries participating in ILL agreements can do. 

Copyright Guidelines for Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan activities must follow the guidelines of CONTU, the Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works.

For materials less than five years old, up to five articles may be requested from a single periodical within a calendar year. This is referred to as the "rule of five." Be sure to keep this in mind if planning to request multiple articles from a single periodical.

No more than six copies of articles/chapters/small portions may be made from a non-periodical (such as a book) during the entire term of copyright of the work.