Are there limits on how much material I can have scanned in Scan and Deliver?
Due to copyright guidelines, the Library will not scan more than:
- Two chapters from a book volume
- Two articles from a periodical or newspaper issue
These limits apply per person rather than per request.
For the purpose of the Scan and Deliver service a chapter is defined as the smallest independently meaningful section of a work. This means that a single dictionary or encylopedia entry is considered a chapter, as is a prologue, introduction, or epilogue. Note that a table of contents, bibliography, verso, or other supporting book section would not count against the chapter limit.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of the photocopies or other reproductions of the copyright materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, library and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than in 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. The Yale University Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order, if, in its judgement fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
Some materials, including government documents and American publications in the public domain are not affected by copyright restrictions. We will scan as much of these items as possible, up to 100 pages. Requests for more than 100 pages of public domain materials will be completed depending on capacity at the discretion of library staff. Please see the "eligible materials" page for exceptions.