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Collections Use: Rights and Permissions

General Collections

Princeton University and the Library comply with United States copyright law. The Library encourages all campus researchers to have basic understanding of U.S. copyright law and an awareness of their rights and responsibilities regarding reproduction and use of copyrighted material.  In most cases, Princeton University owns only the physical item, not the literary property or copyright, and therefore assumes no responsibility for violations of such rights or for any other legal issues resulting from the use or publication of the items. 

Rare Books and Special Collections

Researchers must make a written request for permission to quote or publish manuscripts in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, or for one-time permission to reproduce images of any items found in the Department. Permission cannot be granted unless the researcher's letter of request clearly identifies the items in question. Indicate holding unit (e.g., Manuscripts Division); collection name, box and folder numbers, if known; name of author or creator; title and date of the item; or any other relevant information. The request letter should clearly identify the forthcoming printed work, electronic publication, or media presentation in which Princeton materials will be quoted, published, or reproduced. In most cases, Princeton University owns only the physical item, not the literary property or copyright, and therefore assumes no responsibility for violations of such rights or for any other legal issues resulting from the use or publication of the items. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure permission from the appropriate copyright holder to quote, publish, or reproduce items from Princeton collections, and to acknowledge in print that the materials are used or published "with permission of the Princeton University Library."  For details, see: Rights & Permissions