All inquiries regarding photocopies, digital reproductions, and the licensing of images should be submitted to the appropriate department of the University Libraries.

With regard to copyright, materials made available for research in person or presented on the University of Miami Libraries web sites are provided under the authority of Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act which provides for fair use. Fair use permits the reproduction of works without the permission of the copyright owner in certain situations. Reproduction beyond fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner.

It is the patron’s obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when reproducing materials from the University Libraries’ collections. In addition to copyright, some materials presented in these collections may be subject to the terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, publicity rights, privacy rights, licensing and trademarks.

When photocopies or digital reproductions are requested, the size, condition, copyright status, and donor restrictions of all materials are evaluated. Requests for reproductions may be denied if such work would damage the materials to be copied or infringe on copyright or other restrictions.


To request photocopies of materials from University Libraries, please complete a Request for Photocopies form (.pdf).

The U.S. Copyright Act (Title 17, U.S.C.) authorizes libraries and archives to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction of materials under certain conditions specified in the law. Section 107 of the law states that the use of copyrighted works is not an infringement of copyright if used for “purposes such as criticism, comment, new reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research.” The Copyright Revision Act of 1976 includes the doctrine of “fair use” which covers the duplication and use of copyrighted material by educational purposes. Reproduction beyond fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.

Digital Reproductions

If you wish to publish or broadcast materials held by the University Libraries or found on its web site, please complete a Licensing Application (.pdf) and submit it to the appropriate department of the University Libraries (see list above). You may refer to the Use Fee Schedule (.pdf) for applicable charges.

Printed and downloaded reproductions of materials from the University Libraries’ web sites may be used only for research, teaching, scholarship, or private study. All other uses, including publication (in print or online) and broadcast, require the written permission of the copyright holder. Materials held by the Libraries may have varied copyright or donor restrictions.

Researchers assume responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claims of intellectual property rights or copyrights and agree to exonerate, indemnify, and hold the University of Miami and its Trustees harmless for and on account of any and all loss, cost, damage or expense arising out of or in any way connected with the uses which the signer makes or suffers or permits to be made of the reproduced materials.


When using materials from the Libraries, please acknowledge their source by stating the name of the collection in which the materials are held or the URL of the web page on which it is displayed. Citations should include full bibliographic information. For example: Courtesy of the Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

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