Stay fair and legal

We have loan periods and charge fines to encourage readers to share the library's books fairly amongst all library users.

We also hope that readers will show consideration for each other whilst using the library. We have zoned the library reading rooms to account for different types of study and noise levels, and provide free ear plugs but always welcome further suggestions.

There are guidelines and even legal limits on what you can do with the information you read.  


You may legally copy..

from a book one chapter or 5%, whichever is the greater
from an article
(or conference proceedings or other non-literary collective work)
one article or 5%, whichever is the greater
from a law report one case or 5%, whichever is the greater
from a collective literary work
(eg short stories, poems, etc)
one short story or poem only, up to 10 pages in length

Various other laws may apply in cases where you are writing a review or an essay, or where more than 70 years have passed since the author's death. For more detailed copyright advice, please visit the Bodleian Libraries' copyright pages.

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