Copyright law

Copyright and your Library

United States Code Title 17: Copyright Law of the United States

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the reproduction, distribution, adaptation, public performance and public display of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions the law allows nonprofit libraries to lend, lease, or rent copies of media to patrons. Do not make copies, redistribute, perform or display your loaned items, except as allowed by Title 17 of the United States Code.

We reserve the right to refuse to fulfill a loan request if we believe fulfillment of the request would lead to a violation of the copyright law.

Copyright and the computers

Your library resources can only be used for legal and authorized purposes. You are expected to follow copyright laws when using our computers or printing services.

Copyrighted works are protected regardless of the medium in which they are created or reproduced; thus, copyright extends to digital works and works transformed into digital format. Any copyright statements or symbols should be retained when printing digital content.

Copyright and discs

Audiobooks, music, DVDs and video games are copyrighted materials. Do not use the library materials or computers to make unauthorized copies of:

  • Audiobooks
  • Music- CD or otherwise
  • DVDs
  • Video games
  • Other copyrighted media