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General Information

As a borrowing library, you are responsible for making sure the requests that are sent to Minitex, or any lender, comply with the Copyright Law of the United States of America.

When you send a request for a copy from a journal, book, or any printed material, it must have one of the following copyright designations stated clearly on the request form before we may process your request:

  • CCG = Complies with the Copyright Guidelines (CONTU)
  • CCL = Complies with the Copyright Law

While Minitex cannot provide legal advice on copyright, the links provided below should help you to find good sources of information about how to interpret the copyright law so you can apply it to your individual situation and interlibrary loan operation.

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)

Many ibraries carefully track the number of times they request a particular title and determine that their photocopy requests fall under "fair use" guidelines. Some of those libraries only initiate copy requests when they are not required to pay royalties or to get a publisher's permission.

In our region, other libraries use the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), which is a service that is set up to pay publishers for permission to copy from their journals when their request needs exceed fair use guidelines. For more information about CCC, see their website at:

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