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Photocopier and Scanner Policy

The McGaw Library follows the copyright law outlined by Title 17 of the United States Code regarding photocopies. The following message is posted prominently on our library's photocopier and scanner:

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 specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request 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 violation of copyright law.

(37 CFR 201.14)


The McGaw Library does not produce photocopies or scans on behalf of patrons, including faculty and staff members.  However, archival materials, due to fragility, rarity, and historical importance, must be handled by library staff members. These materials will be scanned (free of charge) or photocopied ($0.10/page) by request. An appointment must be made to use the Archive. 

DVD Policy

The McGaw Library has adopted the following statement regarding DVDs in its collection:

Public viewing of any DVD for reasons other than educational purposes may be a violation of the United States Copyright Law as outlined in Title 17 of the United States Code.

Any person or group showing a film from our DVD collection, NOT the McGaw Library, will be the responsible party for any copyright violation that occurs.

What this means:

  • As of 10/2017, all DVDs in the McGaw Library are licensed for Home Use Only and are intended to be viewed by individuals or by small groups, such as a family or a group of friends watching a film at home.

    One notable exception to this rule: the viewing of films in the classroom. The Copyright Act allows for “the performance or display of a work by instructors or pupils in the course of face-to-face teaching activities of a nonprofit educational institution, in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction" (17 USC 107). The same rights do not transfer to course gatherings, formal or informal, away from the primary classroom, nor do they transfer to campus organizations wishing to screen a film. 

    Source: American Library Association, "Performance or Showing of Films in the Classroom"

  • As of 10/2017, the McGaw Library does not host public showings of films as we do not hold Public Performance Rights.

    See: American Libraries, "Screening Legally"