Copyright Information

Most of the materials libraries collect are copyrighted. Libraries also maintain license agreements with online services which provide access to copyrighted electronic materials. It is an operational necessity for libraries to be familiar with the copyright law and the rights of individuals using libraries and balancing the users' needs with the exclusive rights held by copyright owners.

Course Materials

The faculty can learn more about copyright and how it relates to course materials by reviewing the resources below or by contacting Copyright & Subscription Services Librarian, Beth Miller (, 724-223-6069).

  • Copyright 411 - Beth's quick tip guide.
  • Know Your Copy Rights - Brochure produced by the Association of Research Libraries designed to assist faculty in understanding how to legitimately share copyrighted material with their students.
  • The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education - This document is a code of best practices that helps educators using media literacy concepts and techniques to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use.
  • Copyright on Campus - This animated video briefly explains copyright basics as they relate to academic institutions.
  • Circular 21 - Published by the United States Copyright Office and provides a guideline for educators and librarians on the reproduction of copyrighted works.
Interlibrary Loan

The Interlibrary Loan Policy addresses copyright as it relates to sharing materials with other libraries. The Appendixes of this policy include the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States and Explanatory Supplement, the Pennsylvania Interlibrary Loan Code, Copyright Law - Title 17 §108(g)(2) of the United States Code, and CONTU guidelines on Photocopying under Interlibrary Loan Arrangements.


Plagiarism is addressed in the College Catalog.