Copyright: Library Services and Copyright

Library Services and Copyright

Libraries and archives enjoy specific exemptions to the exclusive rights of copyright owners. These exemptions complement fair use in copyright law's intent to maintain a balance of the private interests of copyright owners with the public's interest in advancing the "progress of science and the useful arts." They assure in some measure that copyright protected information is accessible to individuals for private study.

In most cases, library services that involve copying or other reproduction of copyrighted resources are dependent on at least one of five conditions. Use is permitted because:

1.    The work is in the public domain

2.    The copyright holder has given permission for the use

3.    There is a license agreement  that permits the use

4.    The use is allowed under Section 108: Limitations on Exclusive Rights : Reproduction by Libraries and Archives

5.    The use is allowed under Section 107: Limitations on Exclusive Rights : Fair Use

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Policy

The University Libraries provides interlibrary loan borrowing services to current students, staff and faculty of Colorado State University to support the teaching, research and service missions of the University by providing access to material not owned in the University Libraries' collections.  

The Libraries Interlibrary Loan Service complies with CONTU guidelines and Title 17 of the U.S. Code.

Under Section 108, libraries and archives are permitted to photocopy or reproduce a work if it will be used for "private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. The Libraries reserve the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


Print and Electronic Reserves

Shelf reserve, located at the Loan and Reserve Desk, consists of personal and popular materials such as whole books, CD-ROMs, models, etc., for use by students enrolled in a course.

Electronic Reserve consists of both personal and library materials that can be scanned or copied, including: chapters from books, journals, articles, tests, exams and other assignments. Items can be accessed only by students enrolled in a course.

CSU Libraries Policy and Procedures for Electronic Reserve

Digital Repository

The CSU Digital Repository provides an open access showcase of research, scholarship, and creative works of Colorado State University faculty, students, and academic staff. Guidelines for contributing to the repository include information on how to retain your rights as an author and frequently asked questions about copyright issues.