You must agree to abide by the terms of our copyright declaration each time you use the service.
Read our brief, simplified copyright information below to understand how you can use the the library resources correctly, in accordance with the 1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act as amended.
The copies made must be for research or private study only, unless an extra fee is paid for Commercial purposes.
- One only copy of any article
- One article only from a single issue or supplement
- The copyright form must be completed in advance, unless you are an Institutional member of the library that deals with its own copyright
- A single chapter from a book or a limit of 5% of the total work, whichever is less
- The same law applies to articles or books obtained from other libraries
- Electronic material or online articles follow the same law unless otherwise stated
The law allows copies to be made only for the purposes of "research or private study". This excludes copying for commercial exploitation.
- Research covers any type of research, including that undertaken for commercial or industrial purposes
- Private study excludes use in a group, class or seminar context
The law allow copies to be made for Commercial purposes with an extra fee of £7.65 vat on top of the usual article request price.
How much can be copied?
- Journals - only one article may be copied from any single issue or supplement, this could include the discussion which follows some articles
- Books - no more than a single chapter, or 5% of the total work, whichever is less
- Pamphlets - for pamphlets, short books or reports, we can copy up to 10% of the total work, provided that does not amount to more than 20 pages
* The information contained in this page is in accordance with the advice provided to members by CILIP and has been approved by the BMA’s legal department. Neither the BMA nor CILIP can accept any liability for its correctness. Members concerned with any aspect are advised to take individual legal advice.