Copyright Policy

The library leads the Union College campus in the utilization of information resources, preservation of institutional heritage, and serves students, faculty, staff, and community members in their intellectual and spiritual growth. As a part of this mission, the library staff endeavors to model best practices in the use of copyrighted material and to provide library patrons with information to assist them in using copyrighted materials within the spirit and letter of the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code, Sections 101-122).  

This policy addresses copyright in the context of library services only. Faculty and students are responsible for understanding the law on copyright as it applies to all their academic endeavors. The Association of Research Libraries maintains a web site with copyright resources for teaching faculty at Know your Copy Rights. It focuses on key portions of the copyright laws that pertain to higher education including "fair use" (section 107), the Teach Act (section 110), and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.


1.  The library is not responsible for the improper or illegal use of any copies of materials from its collections. It is the patron's responsibility to guard against the infringement of rights that may be held by others and for clearing reproduction rights and copyright restrictions.

2.  The library does not claim the copyright for all materials in its collections.

3.  Library staff will provide any copyright information available for specific items that it has available to the user if a specific request is made. The Library provides such information to aid patrons in determining the appropriate use of an item, but that determination ultimately rests with the patron.

4.  It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials from the library's collections.

5.  Patrons are reminded that these materials are provided by the Union College Library for non-profit educational, personal or scholarly purposes and that transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright holder.


Approved 2/10/2010