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Interlibrary Loan Guide

The Albertsons Library, Boise State University Interlibrary Loan LibGuide informs our patrons on how to navigate Interlibrary loan (ILL) privileges and answers general questions about Interlibrary loans.

Interlibrary Loan: Copyright and ALA Interlibrary Loan Code

Below is a bulleted list with hyperlinks to the American Library Association's web pages for copyright, fair use, the interlibrary loan code for the United States, and the Albertsons Library Interlibrary Loan Service Logon.


Boise State Office of the Genereal Counsel/ Copyright

The Office of the General Counsel/ Copyright is a wonderful resource for questions about Copyright Law as a student or as a  faculty member.

Complying with copyright law is more challenging for academic institutions than ever before. The traditional focus on photocopied classroom handouts and the paper-based inter-library loan has evolved into a more complex set of content uses such as the Internet, course management systems, customized course packs, and e-reserves. These newer, faster, and more convenient ways of using and sharing information prompt educators and students alike to ask a whole new set of copyright questions.

The Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance helps answer these questions. It addresses difficult copyright questions and provides guidelines and resources to help Boise State faculty, students, and staff ensures compliance campus-wide.

Regardless of your level of copyright awareness, this guide can serve as a valuable information resource for you. For those who are new to the subject, it addresses the basics by providing an overview of copyright law and fair use. For more experienced users, it offers information on increasingly complex compliance issues, such as using and distributing copyrighted material in the online environment.


NOTICE: Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17. United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other 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 specified conditions is that the photocopy/reproduction is not to be "used for any purposes other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user requests for or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of fair use, that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve a violation of copyright law.

Fair Use

The Fair Use Doctrine provides for limited use of copyrighted materials for educational and research purposes without permission from the owners. It is not a blanket exemption. Instead, each proposed use must be analyzed under a four-part test.

"Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use" (Section 107) offers a set of factors to consider when using copyrighted work for teaching or research. Specifically, the factors include:

  1.  the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.