The Lafayette College Libraries provide digitized materials from their collections as part of their mission to support teaching and research. These guidelines apply to the reproduction of these digital materials by users generally, unless otherwise stated for specific digital collections.

Educational Use
Users may freely reproduce (print or download) from digital collections, provided the intended purpose is for use in teaching, research, or private study, and provided that proper attribution to the Lafayette College Libraries as the source of the materials is made (see “Citing Materials Used” below).

Publication Use
Users may reproduce materials from digital collections for electronic or print publication, exhibition, broadcast, or other public uses, as long as they respect copyright restrictions and include appropriate citations. On a discretionary basis, Lafayette College Libraries may provide high-resolution archival image reproductions (free of charge, usually within 2-4 weeks) for peer-reviewed digital projects and book publications.  To request digitizations, email

Citing Materials Used
Any item reproduced from the Lafayette College Libraries’ digital collections must be properly cited, whether for educational use or publication. Citations should include the name of the library, the title of the item, and the collection web address (URL). Examples of how to cite web pages are available in the Libraries’ guide to Citing Web Resources. Special Collections & College Archives provides on its website guidelines for citing archival materials with examples of citing digitized resources.

Copyright Considerations
Although some of the material in the Lafayette digital collections is in the public domain and not subject to U.S. and international copyright restrictions, other items may still be under copyright by Lafayette College or other parties, including authors, publishers, or vendors. The absence of copyright information for individual items does not indicate that the work is necessarily in the public domain. It is the sole responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy any claims of copyright before making use of reproductions beyond the conditions of “fair use,” as described by United States Copyright Law and the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (see below).

Users of Lafayette College’s Digital Collections agree to hold Lafayette College, its officers, and its employees harmless against all claims and actions arising out of the use of reproductions provided by the Lafayette College Libraries. Lafayette College Libraries are committed to providing full credit to copyright holders with works in our digital collections, but we are not always aware of who they are. We are also eager to update our metadata or to make other corrections as necessary. We encourage any copyright holders whose work is not properly credited or anyone with further information about items in our digital collections to contact us at

Copyright Law
United States Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. 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 for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. Lafayette College Libraries reserves the right to refuse to accept a reproduction order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve a violation of U.S. copyright law.

Lafayette College Libraries also respects international copyright law as outlined in the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. Although this legislative document does not supersede the local laws of signatory countries, the Berne Convention offers guidelines for the exclusive rights of authorization, including reproduction rights, for authors and other creators in contracting parties internationally.

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