The use of materials protected by copyright is essential to the learning process. Educational resources exist in all formats that are recognised as 'works' in copyright law. What do you want to do?

Many academics prefer to use resources which they have not produced under the terms of copyright exceptions for education. However, it can be easier to search for and reuse open educational resources which are clearly licensed under schemes like Creative Commons. These licences spell out what you are allowed to do with each resource.

Further information and training

For further information on copyright in higher education visit the Copyright User website. The library can also provide copyright advice, please email