CLA Licence

Library staff are permitted to scan and digitise items in University libraries under the terms of the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) UUK / Guild HE Basic Licence for photocopying and scanning.

To summarise, the CLA licence:

  • allows the creation of digital copies from originals which are either owned by the University, or from a copyright fee paid (CFP) copy of a chapter / article supplied by an organisation holding a document delivery licence with CLA e.g. the British Library
  • allows photocopying and scanning of (whichever is the greater) up to 10% or one chapter of a book or one article of a journal issue
  • allows scanning of items to be available to students on a course of study
  • allows scanning for educational purposes only
  • does not allow blanket scanning or commercial onward use (scanned copies are not intended to substitute primary purchases)
  • covers UK and US publications (and some other International Territories) - further exclusions are listed here.