Guidelines on Copying of Library Materials

These guidelines are designed to assist NUS Libraries' authorised users on the appropriate copying of Library materials within the provision of Singapore Copyright Law.

  1. Who may copy

    1. NUS staff, students, alumni and other authorised Library users may photocopy materials using the self-service photocopiers within the Library premises.
    2. The Library may copy on behalf of:
      1. Requesting libraries for Interlibrary Loan (for document supply)
      2. Requests from NUS-Affiliated National Research Institutes/Centres

  2. Conditions for copying

    1. By photocopying, requesting the Library to photocopy or otherwise making copies of materials from the Collection, authorised users acknowledge that:
      1. They are making copies for and on their own behalf
      2. NUS is not privy to or a participant in the copying of these Works and NUS Libraries do not assume any responsibility nor liability for copies made by the authorised users
      3. They are solely responsible for the copying of Works made by or for them and their subsequent use

    2. Authorised users are advised that all copies of Works made by them must be for the purpose of:
      1. Research or study
      2. Criticism or review (with sufficient acknowledgement of the Work)
      3. Reporting of current events, judicial proceedings or report of judicial proceedings
      4. Seeking professional advice from – or giving professional advice by – an advocate and solicitor
    3. All subject to the limitations set out in paragraph 3 below.

    4. Requestor from NUS-Affiliated National Research Institutes/Centres who require a copy of an Article in a journal or a copy of Work to be made by the Library must:
      1. Provide the Authorised Library Officer a written request in the prescribed form for a copy of the Work to be made
      2. Provide a signed declaration in the prescribed form, stating that they require the copy for the purpose of research or study and will not use it for any other purpose, and they have not been previously supplied with a copy of the same by the Library or that they have lost, destroyed or damaged any copy previously supplied to them
      3. Pay the applicable charge determined by the Library

  3. Limitations for copying

    The following limits on the copying or reproduction of any Work for the purpose of research or study must be strictly observed:
    1. Print materials
      1. Published books (of at least 10 pages): In total, not more than one chapter or 10% of the pages
      2. Journals: Not more than the whole of one Article in a journal, unless the Articles relate to the same subject matter

    2. Electronic Materials
      Not more than, in total,
      1. 10% of the total number of bytes in the Work, or
      2. 10% of the total number of words in the Work or, where it is not practical to use the total number of words as a measure, 10% of the contents of the Work, or
      3. One chapter of the Work, where it exceeds any of the limits.

      Where the copying or reproduction of a Work is not for the purpose of research or study but for other purposes of criticism or review; reporting of current events; judicial proceedings or report of judicial proceedings; or seeking professional advice from – or giving professional advice by – an advocate and solicitor, it is the responsibility of the authorised users to ensure that their dealings with the Collection are fair in all circumstances and for all purposes.

  4. Library's Discretion

    1. The Library reserves the right to refuse to make any copies of any Works from the Collection for the authorised users as well as to prohibit these users from making copies of any Works from the Collection, as it deems fit.

  5. Rights Management Information and Circumvention of Technology

    1. It is strictly prohibited to remove or alter the rights management information (RMI) relating to a Work or to undertake any act or provide any device, product or component to circumvent a technological measure which controls access to a Work.

  6. Copyright Laws

    1. In addition to observation of these Guidelines, authorised users are also responsible personally for ensuring observation of all applicable copyright laws in respect of a Work in any form, whether such Work is from the Collection or not. Where these Guidelines are in conflict with any applicable copyright laws, the latter shall supersede the former.

    Copyright Warning
    Copyright is a serious matter and any failure to observe these Guidelines and copyright laws may expose you to criminal and civil liability.

Content updated on 05 Jun 2018


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