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Reform of UK copyright law and its benefits for libraries

Graham Peter Cornish (Copyright Circle, Harrogate, UK)

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Article publication date: 16 February 2015




The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of copyright law changes in the UK, especially as they affect interlibrary loan.


Analysis of new legislation were tested against interlibrary needs.


The new laws bring major benefits to libraries and their users by expanding the types of material available and simplifying the management procedures required for document delivery.

Practical implications

Libraries and other institutions can now offer a much wider range of services.

Social implications

There are considerable benefits to individual users, including those with disabilities, as access is granted to a wider range of materials.


New research and analysis relating to laws passed in October 2014.



Cornish, G.P. (2015), "Reform of UK copyright law and its benefits for libraries", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 43 No. 1, pp. 14-17.



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