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FAQs on Library resources and Copyright for Academics

by Troy Rodrigues on 2020-03-25T16:14:00+08:00 | Comments

1. Can I still order books?

In the current situation, we are more than happy to order ebooks and investigate other online resources, but ask that you hold off on ordering print materials.

2. Can I still meet a librarian for help with research or teaching?

Yes, our librarians are available to help you online – please contact them via Ask our Librarians to arrange.

3. I need to update my reading list, how can I do this?

Please contact the My Unit Readings team at

4. Does Copyright Law still apply? Can I get around the 10% limit?

For advice on Copyright advice on creating teaching material, see:

Copyright laws stay the same, even in a pandemic, so you must stick to the Statutory Licence rule of 10% or one chapter of a work for providing unit readings and other learning materials. For more information see this guide:

However, there might be special cases available to you if an item you wish it use is out of print or otherwise unavailable. These need to assessed case by case, so please contact the Copyright Coordinator. 
Where possible all extra content provided to students should go into My Unit Readings over the LMS. The Copyright Advisory service is still running Monday - Thursday, please also refer at the Copyright website or contact the Copyright Coordinator.

5. Where can I find online resources for updating my unit?

If you need to find an ebook, we suggest:

If you need video content, we suggest:

For journal articles and other resources, we suggest:

For copyright-friendly resources, visit this page

Some publishers have announced that they have extended access to their materials during this time. More details on this

6. What support is available for students in using the Library?

Students can access a range of useful Self-help material from our Support for Students page and through our Subject Guides. We also have a range of videos and tutorials that are embeddable into LMS available through our Library Skills site .

Plus, of course, they can contact us at Ask a Librarian for online support.

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