Public Library Photocopying Licence

The Access Copyright Public Libraries Licence provides librarians and their patrons with peace of mind through a simple, cost-effective preauthorization to photocopy portions of published works.

The licence lets patrons and staff copy published works with the knowledge that original creators and publishers are also benefitting. 

The Public Libraries Licence enables librarians and their patrons to photocopy up to 10% of a published work or the following, whichever is greater:

  • An entire chapter which is no more than 20% of a book.
  • An entire newspaper article or a page.
  • One short story, play, poem, essay, or article from a book or periodical containing other published works.
  • One entire entry from an encyclopedia, dictionary, or reference book.