Copyright and Interlibrary Loans

Information on copyright restrictions and requesting Inter Library loans for commercial purposes.

Terms and conditions

The British Library's Library Privilege Photocopy Service provides copies for non-commercial use, there should be no financial gain arising from the use of the copy supplied.

For each photocopy request, you are required to agree to the terms and conditions of the British Library's Library Privilege Photocopy Services.

Copyright limits

As a general rule, ILL can provide a copy of:

One article or 5% (whichever is the greater) from a single journal part.

One chapter or 5% (whichever is the greater) from a single monograph.

Copies supplied for commercial purpose

If you require a copy for commercial purposes, where there will be some form of financial gain as a result of obtaining the copy, you will need to pay a copyright fee in addition to the basic ILL charge.

Before submitting your request we will notify you of the exact copyright fee is (usually about £5.00 + VAT, but often considerably more). The copyright fee is charged in addition to the charge made for the ILL request.

Once you have accepted the charge, you will be asked to come to the Library to collect your photocopy. The photocopy cannot be supplied until the copyright fee is paid.

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