Answered By: Monique Ritchie
Last Updated: 29 Sep, 2016     Views: 899

It's highly unlikely that you can copy an entire book fairly without prejudicing the rights of the copyright owner, even for educational purposes. 

The University's licence with the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) covers a lot of course related copying, but has restrictions on the amount that you can copy, or be supplied with: that is, no more than 10% or a complete chapter from a book, or a complete journal article from an issue, whichever is the greater. There are currently no educational licences which authorise copying a work in its entirety for course related study. Explicit permission from the rights owner would be required and may be subject to clearance fees.

In very limited circumstances, it might be possible for an individual (but not multiple users) to copy more, e.g. if you are visually impaired or are covered by statutory arrangements for disabled people, or with material that is not commercially available to purchase.  If you feel that special circumstances apply to you, you should seek advice from the Library before copying. Do also check whether there are relevant statutory exceptions in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended 1/1/2005).