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Copyright at Kettering University

Guide to copyright and what is means for Kettering University students, faculty and staff.

Library Copyright Exceptions

Libraries are granted special copyright privileges which allow for interlibrary loan usage, preservation, and making copies for private studies. In the case of private study, copies must become the property of the user, and CANNOT be used for anything other than private study, scholarship or research. In order to be granted these special privileges, however, the library must:

  • Be open the the public OR make its collections available  to researchers in a specialized field outside the institution
  • Copies made by the library have no direct/indirect commercial advantage
  • Any copies must include a copyright notification
  • The library may only make a SINGLE copy of works, except for under very specific circumstances (Ferullo, 2014)

Kettering University meets the above criteria for certain copyright privileges. 

For more information about copyright in the library, please see this site.

 Ferullo, D. L. (2014). Managing Copyright in Higher Education: A Guidebook. London: Rowman & Littlefield.

What Copyright Law Does Not Allow Libraries

Although academic and research libraries fulfill an important cultural function, no institution is immune completely from copyright law.  Kettering University Library, and academic libraries in general, build their collections through purchasing books, databases, and journals. Therefore, we must follow the copyright rules set forth by the owners of the materials we purchase. We do not own the copyrights to those materials simply because we purchase copies.

Below, see some examples of things the library CANNOT do:

  • Make copies of books in their entirety, or more than what is considered "fair use", which generally constitutes between 5-15%, although no set percentage is agreed upon
  • Allow copies of articles other than for private study
  • Allow course-packs to be placed on reserve
  • Allow copies to be made of any material for profit

(Prudence, Auferheide, Butler & Jaszi, 2012)


Prudence, A., Aufderheide, P., Butler, B., & Jaszi, P. (2012, January). Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries.  Retrieved June 24, 2019, from https://cmsimpact.org/code/code-best-practices-fair-use-academic-research-libraries/

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