As a borrowing library, you are responsible for making sure the requests that are sent to
Minitex, or any lender, comply with the Copyright Law of the United States of America.
When you send a request for a copy from a journal, book, or any printed material, it
must have one of the following copyright designations stated clearly on the request form
before we may process your request:
- CCG = Complies with the Copyright Guidelines (CONTU)
- CCL = Complies with the Copyright Law
While Minitex cannot provide legal advice on copyright, the links provided below should help
you to find good sources of information about how to interpret the copyright law so you can
apply it to your individual situation and interlibrary loan operation.
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)
Many ibraries carefully track the number of times they request a particular title and determine that their photocopy requests fall
under "fair use" guidelines. Some of those libraries only initiate copy requests when they are not required to pay royalties or
to get a publisher's permission.
In our region, other libraries use the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), which is a service that is set up to pay publishers for
permission to copy from their journals when their request needs exceed fair use guidelines. For more information about CCC, see their
Resource Sharing News
Resource Sharing News keeps readers up-to-date about interlibrary loan activities in the
Search the MnLINK Gateway
Use the MnLINK Gateway to:
- Search multiple libraries and databases at once.
- Request materials.
- Search the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) to view and download articles about numerous topics.