Copying from books and magazines (CLA licence)

Other licences

The CLA Licence covers photocopying, scanning and retyping of fragments of books, e-books, magazines and free-to-view websites.

Under the terms of the Licence, you may photocopy, scan, send by email etc. up to 5% or one chapter of a book whichever is greater, or one article from a magazine.


  • the copies may be shared only with the current learners and members of staff;
  • no repetitive copying is allowed, i.e. if one chapter of a book has been copied, no other chapters from the same book can be copied for the same course;
  • digital copies should be uploaded on Moodle courses with an enrolment key and removed once the course is over;
  • copies can be made from the publications purchased by the College, e.g. the college library, not from personal copies;
  • check here whether copying froma particular title is allowed under the CLA licence the college holds.

If you would like to scan a book chapter or magazine article for uploading to Moodle, library staff will be happy to do it for you – Scanning request form.
Scanning guide (PDF)

For more, please see the Copyright Licensing Agency websitequick guide (pdf) or contact the library.

A good place to learn about Copyright in the United Kingdom –