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Get help with copyright & fair use

The Library can provide some information about copyright and fair use: email However, for legal advice about the copyright law in the academic setting, consult the University of Illinois Office of Legal Counsel.

Fair Use guidelines

Fair use is a principle of copyright. It allows use of some portions of copyrighted materials without the permission of the owner for instruction, commentary, criticism or parody. For more information, consult the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries from the Association of Research Libraries.

Copyright for reserve materials

Copyright laws allow portions of works (book chapters, journal articles and illustrations) to be placed on reserve for a single class for a single semester. For more information, see the Agreement on Guidelines for Classroom Copying in Not-for-Profit Educational Institutions With Respect to Books and Periodicals (H.R. 94-1476) and Section 107: Fair Use (Title 17, U.S. Code) of the Copyright Act of 1976.

Permission to use materials when the university owns the copyright

Content for which the university owns the rights may be used freely with attribution for research, study and educational purposes. To request permission to publish materials in the library’s digital collections, special collections or UIC Photo Services, contact

Copying for patrons with disabilities

The library can make copies of materials for students who are registered with the Disability Resource Center and faculty and staff registered with the Office of Access and Equity.

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