The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.
Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than 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 University Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law or other restrictions, including, but not limited to privacy rights, donor agreements, and preservation considerations.
The University Library encourages the use of its special collections for personal, educational, and scholarly purposes. Any reproduction should be credited to the library and include any other identifying information, including identification numbers, links, collection name, box and folder numbers, or call numbers. Photographs of collection items taken in our Special Collections and University Archives Department reading rooms at the Richard J. Daley Library and Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago may be used only for personal purposes, including reference, research, and social media posts.
The University Library does not claim copyright to most of the materials in our special collections and advises that the use of reproductions of University Library collection items shall be at the user's sole risk. In all cases, researchers are responsible for determining whether the material is in the public domain or whether it is protected by copyright law. If the material is protected by copyright, researchers are responsible for determining whether the intended use is within the limits of fair use, and if not, for obtaining permission from any rights holder. The University Library shall not be responsible for any claims of misuse of any material it makes available to researchers.
When viewing our digital collections, or when ordering reproductions, researchers will encounter the following rights statements:
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