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Policies

The library has several policies related to copyright. For university-level policies, see Intellectual property policy at Virginia Tech .

  • Copyright restrictions for photocopying

    The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, US Code) governs the making of photocopies or 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.
  • ILL copyright information

    Interlibrary loan observes copyright law when making copies to share with extended campus users or when obtaining copies of journal articles and book chapters (by paying royalties or copyright clearance fees). Interlibrary loan pays these fees on your behalf.

  • Reserves copyright information

    To protect the university, the libraries must make every effort to verify copyright compliance. This includes obtaining an authorized signature on reserve forms and checking the submitted materials for multiple articles or chapters from the same work. We must have a signature on reserve request forms signifying your compliance with copyright law.

Contact us

  •     Gail McMillan
  • Gail M McMillan
  • Director , Scholarly Communication
  • 540-231-9252
  • gailmac@vt.edu
  • 2036 Newman Library (0434)
    560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
  • Anita Walz
  • Open Education and Online Learning Environments Librarian
  • 540-231-2204
  • arwalz@vt.edu
  • 207B Newman Library (0434)
    560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061