Photocopy Policy: Library Reserve Use

University Libraries, Unt Policy And Procedure Memorandum.


Photocopy policy related to Library Reserves in the UNT Libraries.

Number of Copies & Pages

To supplement teaching, the Libraries may photocopy and place on reserve one copy of excerpts from copyrighted works.

  1. The Library will provide one copy of up to fifty (50) pages for no charge.
  2. Any additional copying above the fifty (50) page limit will be charged to the individual, his department, or his grant.

Criteria For Multiple Copies

Multiple copies must bear permission from the copyright owner or must meet the following guidelines:

  1. The amount of material should be reasonable in relation to the total amount of material assigned for one term of a course taking into account the nature of the course, its subject matter and level.
  2. The number of copies should be reasonable in light of the number of students enrolled, the difficulty and timing of assignments, and the number of other courses which may assign the same material.
  3. The material should contain a notice of copyright.
  4. The effect of photocopying the material should not be detrimental to the market for the work.
  5. The copying is for only one course during the semester and will not be repeated during any future semesters.
  6. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to obtain permission.

Other Materials Types

Consumable works such as standardized tests, exercises, and workbooks may not be photocopied unless permission from the copyright owner is received.


All photocopies must bear in a prominent place the following notice:

  • “NOTICE: This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code)”

Rights of Refusal

The Libraries reserves the right to refuse to photocopy material when it appears that by doing so it would be in violation of the copyright law.


  • Approved: 06/11/12
  • Revised: 01/12/17

License Information

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