Print, copy and understand copyright

Where can I print, scan and copy?

You can print, scan and copy in all our libraries using a Canon Multifunctional Device (MFD). For guides and more information see Brookes Print Anywhere.

For large jobs, such as dissertations, use the professional printing service, Brookes Print.

Library visitors please ask library staff for access to scan and copy.

Can I get scans of Special Collections materials?

Copyright for private study

All the guidelines below refer to copying for your own personal use, for non-commercial research or private study.

They do not apply to copying material to make it available to other people such as in teaching, coursework, publication, presentations or web sites.

For private study you may copy:

  • either one chapter from a book or 5% of a book
  • one article from one journal issue
  • up to 10 pages of one short story or poem that is included in a collection of poems or stories
  • up to 10% of a British Standard
  • two pages of a short publication that is up to 20 pages long, such as a pamphlet, short book, report or other standards
  • images, such as illustrations, photos, diagrams and other pictures
  • an A4 extract from a sheet map
  • a small excerpt from a musical work
  • a small excerpt from a film or a DVD.

Copyright for coursework

Using images in coursework and presentations

  • If you are delivering a class presentation or preparing coursework you may use any image to illustrate a point that you are making
  • If you wish to use an image which does not illustrate a point you can use
    • an image that is free to use
    • an image that you get explicit permission to use for this purpose
  • You should always include an acknowledgement of the source of the image
  • Different rules apply to work that is published. Learn more in the Moodle course, Copyright for publication.


Note: The advice on these web pages does not constitute formal legal advice