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Library Express

Copyright Compliance

A single library cannot have every item in its collection that patrons may want to use. In order to provide access to materials not owned by the library, it will often request a copy from another library through Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a cooperative agreement among libraries that allows libraries to borrow materials from each other for the benefit of their patrons.

Library Express policies are influenced by two external sources:

  • Copyright and Fair Use
    • The copyright law of the United States (17 U.S. Code § 108) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request in excess of fair use (17 U.S. Code § 107) that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order, if in its judgements, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
  • American Library Association
    • RUSA's Interlibrary Loan Code for the U.S. establishes principles that facilitate the requesting of material by a library and the provision of loans or copies in response to those requests. In this code, "material" includes books, audiovisual materials, and other returnable items as well as copies of journal articles, book chapters, excerpts, and other non-returnable items.

EKU Libraries Interlibrary Loan Copyright Compliance Policy outlines procedure followed by Library Express that advocates for the Fair Use Doctrine (17 U.S. Code § 107) while satisfying the requirements of Copyright Law (17 U.S. Code § 108) and RUSA's Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States.

Library Express Policy

Eligibility for Services

  1. Library Express services are available to all faculty, staff, and students who meet the following criteria:
    • A current, valid EKU email and password
    • All library accounts free of outstanding fines and fees
    • Adherence to the procedures and guidelines laid out in this document
  2. Community patrons (including Alumni and retired faculty and staff) are not eligible for Library Express services and should contact their local public library for access to ILL services.

Fees and Recalls

  1. Patrons are responsible for paying any fees imposed by other libraries as a result of lateness, loss, or damage to materials occurring from time of check-out to time of check-in.
  2. All materials borrowed from other libraries are subject to recall. When a book is recalled, the EKU patron will be notified by email and asked to return the book before the due date. Recalled books not returned within a week may be subject to fine by the lending library.
  3. Books owned by EKU Libraries are guaranteed a 2-week checkout before being subject to recall. Fees are only charged if the book is not returned.

Restriction of Borrowing Privileges

  1. Due to Fees Owed:
    • If fees have been applied to a patron's account, library privileges are suspended until payment of all fees has been received. Once payment has been received, library privileges will be reinstated.
    • If an item belonging to another library is returned late or damaged, regardless of having been returned, fees may still apply, depending on the polices of the lending library. EKU has no control over other libraries' policies.
    • Fees for items not belonging to EKU Libraries are:
      • Nonwaivable once they have been applied to a patron's account
      • Nonrefundable once paid
    • Fees for items owned by EKU Libraries are:
      • Waivable if the items are returned in good condition.
      • Refundable if the items are returned in good condition, with the payment receipt, within 30 days of payment.
  2. Due to Abuse of Privileges: