William L. Clements Library

Copyright, Use and Attribution


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17 United States Code) governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a researcher uses a reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that researcher may be liable for copyright infringement.

Use and Attribution

The Clements Library provides copies of materials to facilitate private study, scholarship, or research. We welcome you to use materials in our collections that are in the public domain and to make fair use of copyrighted materials as defined by copyright law.

When you use materials, please cite or credit as Clements Library, University of Michigan or William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan.

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Permission is not required, but we always appreciate hearing from you about your use of Library materials. It helps us to track use of collections and provide better support for researchers. We also appreciate receiving a copy of any published work that features our material.