For Information: NHS Copyright
Copyright Information for NHS library staff
Ther are two ways in which NHS library staff in England may copy and share extracts from most printed and digital works:
1. CLA Licence Plus
The agreement signed between the Copyright Licensing Agency and the Department of Health is called CLA Licence Plus for the NHS in England.
The Licence and a poster about the licence are available on the CLA website.
If you are not sure whether you want to copy is covered by the Licence use the CLA 'Check Permissions' tool (select 'public sector').
2. Copyright Act & 'Library Privilege'
If copies cannot be made under the CLA Licence Plus, NHS library staff may supply copies under terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1988, which was updated in 2014 to include digital as well as printed works.
This guidance for library staff summarises the key points of the CLA Licence and Library Privilege. It includes copies of declarations and statements that you can use, as well as FAQs and external links.
Still unsure? This summary table shows the differences between copying under the CLA Licence and copying using Library Privilege.
Further help and support
Each region has one or more 'Copyright First Responders' - library staff who can offer help, advice and support. These are:
London and South: Tricia Rey, Helen Williams, Helen Bingham and Sue Robertson
Midlands and East: Vanessa Ancliffe, David Law, Martin Elcock, Joan Lomas and Ian Rennie
North: Susan Smith and David Watson
Contact NHS first responders: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will respond within 48 hours to your query. If your query is complex and will take more than 48 hours to answer we will let you know.
Page Updated 17 February 2017