Copyright and the Library

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 Princeton University's Copyright Policy

General questions about appropriate use of library materials that may be under copyright should be directed to

The Copyright at Princeton guide should help to address common copyright questions, including the limits of the "fair use" exemption. Further guidance is available on the Special Collections website as well as on this guide focused on the use of images. 

Takedown requests may be submitted here. Please note that you may be asked for additional information to better understand the issue and its consequences.


The materials available through the e-reserves system are password protected and are to be used only by enrolled students in connection with the course for which the materials have been assigned. These materials must not be copied or distributed for other purposes except as permitted under copyright law. Failure to use e-reserves as provided above may violate the University’s copyright permissions policy and result in the loss of your access privileges.

Music Reserves

For questions regarding music reserves, contact the Mendel Music Library

Video Reserves

For questions regarding video reserves, contact Barbara J. McLaughlin at the Video Library.