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Request a Digital Copy: Guide

Guide to the Request a Digital Copy Service at Cambridge University Library

Copyright Restrictions

What Copyright restrictions are there?

This service is for non-commercial research and private study as per  s.29  of the  Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. When you request an item, you will be asked to confirm that you acknowledge a copyright declaration, which states that you have not already been supplied with a copy of the same material, that you will use the copy only for non-commercial research or private study, nor supply the copy to another person.

Further information on copyright is available on the Legal Services Office  Copyright Compliance pages.  

Can I use scans for teaching or Moodle?

No. Electronic Inter-Library Loans is designed for individual research for personal use, and as such is not appropriate for scans required for teaching.   

Only material held by Cambridge University Libraries may be used for teaching or Moodle. Click here for information on the CLA Licence Guidelines.

You are encouraged to contact your Faculty and Departmental library in the first instance to request scans for teaching.   

I'm disabled and need a digital copy of a whole book

The Request a Digital Copy Service is only for a single chapter of a book or a single article within a journal issue, as per usual copyright restrictions.

Students who are registered with the Disability Resource Centre and need digital access to whole books should contact the Libraries Accessibility Service.


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