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Interlibrary Loan: Copyright

How to use Interlibrary Loan.

Copyright for Interlibrary Loan

Copyright for the Interlibrary Loan office is determined by the CONTU guidelines developed from Section 108 of the Copyright Act.

Under these guidelines and in compliance with Section 108 of the copyright act, we are permitted to request and copy up to five articles published in the past five years from a single periodical in one calendar year.  Each of these requests must be accompanied by a compliance statement from us, the requesting library, and we must maintain these records for at least 3 years. In addition, we cannot request and receive more than five copies of articles or chapters from non-periodicals (including books) during the entire copyright duration of the item. We can request no more than one article or other contribution to a copyrighted collection or periodical issue, or a copy of a only small part of any other copyrighted work (for example, one chapter from a book).To exceed the number of requests stipulated by these guidelines and Section 108, we must obtain permission directly from the copyright holder or from a representative such as the Copyright Clearance Center. These permissions can be quite expensive, so we restrict requests after the allotted free amount has been met. To read the CONTU guidelines, visit  

When we request items, we are also restricted by the licenses held by the lending library, particularly for items held in electronic formats.  These licenses are binding contracts and if another library has agreed to limit the use of materials in ILL, they may not be able to provide us with the requested item.

Items received through interlibrary loan are for your personal study, scholarship, or research.

We reserve the right to cancel any request that we feel violates federal copyright law.