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Copyright Information for NHS library staff

There 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.

Check whether what you want to copy is covered by the Licence using the 'Check Permissions' (select 'public sector')  tool .

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. The decision-tree (updated May 2017) tells you when you need Copyright Fee Paid articles.

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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:  Helen Bingham, Tricia Rey and Helen Williams

Midlands and East: Vanessa Ancliff, Rayanne Byatt, Martin Elcock, Emma Perks and Ian Rennie

North: Susan Smith and David Watson

Contact NHS first responders: nhscopyrightqueries@libraryservices.nhs.uk

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 10 August 2017