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Faculty Reserves - Copyright Permission

Getting Copyright Permission

To request permission from the publisher to put photocopies on reserve, a faculty member should communicate complete accurate information to the copyright owner. The American Association of Publishers suggests that the following information be included in the permission request letter: 

  • Title, author, and edition of materials to be duplicated. 
  • Exact material to be used: page numbers, chapters, and, if possible, a photocopy of the material. 
  • Number of copies to be made. 
  • Use to be made of the duplicated materials. 
  • Form of distribution. 
  • Whether or not the material is to be sold. 
  • Type of reprint. 

The request should be sent with a self-addressed, return envelope to the permission department of the publisher in question. It is advisable to allow lead time to obtain permission before the materials are needed. 

Please see a sample letter which can be used to request permission to copy materials for use in the library reserve collection

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