Copyright protects the rights of authors and creators of a work and is regulated under the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 (Copyright Act). Copyright protection restricts the amount of copies of an individual work that can be made and the purposes to which these copies can be used.

Works which are copyright protected include

  • a book or an individual issue of a journal
  • original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic creations
  • performances, films and sound recordings
  • electronic resources (e-books, e-journals and databases)

Copyright protection in general lasts for the duration of the life of the creator plus seventy years for literary and artistic work (in film this applies to any member of the principal creators); fifty years for a music or sound recording and fifteen years for a database.

Copyright Licence

The Irish Copyright Licensing Agency (ICLA) has granted licences for higher education institutions which allows for extended rights such as making multiple copies of a protected work for class groups, course packs or library course reserves

  • Copy numbers are limited to one per class member and two for the lecturer of the group.
  • The content of each copy is limited to 5% of a book or a chapter (whichever is the greater), or one article from a journal issue.

Certain material may be excluded from this and cannot be copied such as musical scores and maps. Please see the following ICLA notices for more details

Fair Dealing

The concept of fair dealing allows for an exception to the copyright restrictions if, according to the legislation, the copying is for "a purpose and to an extent which will not unreasonably prejudice the interests of the owner of the copyright” (Copyright Act part (4), section 50) and is intended for private research or individual study.

Copyright of Electronic Resources (e-resources)

Users can search, retrieve, print and download from the subscribed e-resources of the institute, providing it is for educational purposes only.

The following is prohibited:

  • Multiple copying of printed or downloaded material
  • Excessive amounts of material downloaded from a database or publication (which includes one complete issue from a journal volume)
  • Removing any copyright references from downloaded or printed material and/or distributing copies of such material
  • The use of e-resources for economic gain or commercial activity
  • Someof our database licences do not allow uploading pdfs of articles to Moodle. Please link to resources instead. Guide to linking (for off and on campus access)

Cookies , Data Protection and personal data

Third party resources

Please note that the library databases and online resources are third party resources. In order to fully use them they will require your data. They will gather your name, email address and other information about you. If in doubt, and if you do not want this information stored you could use a temporary e-mail address.

The information we keep on you

In order for to provide you with the Library Service we collect and use the data from the college admin system relating to you as a library user. This information is in our system until you have finished studying in ITSligo, unless you still have books that have not been returned. This information includes:

your name

your address

your date of birth

College or personal Email Address

The course you have undertaken

your year of study

past borrowing and library transaction history

Mobile number or landline

We do use cookies and similar technologies on our website which store data about how you use the website.


This information is for general guidance purposes only and is not to be taken as an authoritative interpretation of the law.

It is the responsibility of each individual to comply with regulations when copying material and to reference this material accordingly by making reference to the copyright holder and source. A copyright declaration form must be signed for all non-returnable interlibrary loans (articles).

Failure to comply with copyright regulations can lead to legal prosecution under the terms of the Copyright Act. Notices are on display in the library beside each photocopier. For more details on copyright licensing see ICLA website.