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Request a print or PDF copy of a print journal article or book chapter. 

Most of our print collection is available to photocopy, subject to the restrictions imposed by UK copyright law, which are outlined below.

Copyright restrictions

Published works

Please note that copyright restrictions apply as to the portion of any one published document which can be copied for personal or commercial use. Generally, it is possible to copy, for example:

  • One chapter or 5% of a book or report, whichever is greater
  • One article in an issue of a magazine or journal

Unpublished works

For copies from unpublished works, such as dissertations, please contact us and we should be able to arrange this.

CII materials only

If you require copies from CII publications or Fellowship dissertations, restrictions still apply as to the portion of any one document which can be copied. For example, you can request a copy of up to one chapter of a CII study text – you would not be able to copy the entire text. Please contact us for further information about obtaining copies from a specific document.

Conditions of supply

Item to be copied

General rules

Additional rules for commercial purposes


Only one copy of one article can be copied from a particular issue of a periodical. Newspaper articles cannot be copied.

Newspapers and certain periodicals cannot be copied

Separate publications

Up to one chapter or 5% (whichever is the greater) can be copied from a published book or pamphlet

Certain publications cannot be copied

Directories, dictionaries etc

Only a very small portion can be copied from works like this. Staff can advise

Normal rules for separate publications apply (see above)

Unpublished material

Can generally be copied in its entirety

Only Fellowship dissertations can be copied

How to request

We can arrange for a copy of a book chapter or journal article to be emailed or posted to you for either commercial or non-commercial use. 

Whilst there is no legally set definition for 'commercial' or 'non-commercial', any copying which enables a financial profit to be made would be considered commercial.

For instance, copying pages from an item, with the intention of using this content within your own works - and in turn publishing these works – would come under the title 'commercial', whereas copying a page to support a quote for an unpublished educational dissertation may be considered non-commercial. 

Non-commercial research or private study

Published works

We will need you to agree to the conditions of the copyright declaration below in writing (email is fine) before we can send any copies. Please copy the declaration and email it along with your request for a copy to if you wish to arrange copies of documents to assist with your study or personal research.


"I declare that:

  • I have not previously been supplied with a copy of the same material by you or any other librarian
  • I will not use the copy except for research for a non-commercial purpose or private study and will not supply a copy of it to any other person
  • To the best of my knowledge no other person with whom I work or study has made or intends to make, at or about the same time as this request, a request for substantially the same material for substantially the same purpose
  • If this item is delivered by an electronic method, I will retain only a single paper copy and destroy any electronic copies after printing

I understand that if the declaration is false in a material particular the copy supplied to me by you will be an infringing copy and that I shall be liable for infringement of copyright as if I had made the copy myself."

Commercial purposes

The Copyright Licensing Agency's conditions for obtaining a copy for commercial purposes are:

  1. The contents of the Licensed Copy supplied to you are copyright works and unless you have the permission of the copyright owner or of the Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd and save as may be permitted by statute may not be copied (including storage in any electronic medium) or otherwise reproduced (even for internal purposes) or resold
  2. Where a Licensed Copy is supplied by Secure Intermediate Electronic Transmission (including fax) you may not (a) print out more than a single paper copy, which itself may not be further copied; (b) retransmit the article to anyone else, other than to enable a single paper copy to be printed out by or for the individual who originally requested the item; (c) electronically store any copy of the article. The electronic version must be deleted immediately after successful printing
  3. The supply of a Licensed Copy confers on the Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd the right to take legal action directly against you to enforce the restrictions set out above pursuant to the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999

We are not able to provide copies of non-CII publications that are to be used for commercial purposes.