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Copyright, Data Protection & GDPR: Copyright guidelines for students in NCI

This guide sets out guidelines for copyright regarding library resources for students and staff in NCI.

Copyright Notice


Please take note of the Copyright and Related Rights Act, 2000 and the consequent regulations which update the law in the making of photocopies and reproductions of library materials. At times under certain conditions specified in the Copyright and the Related Rights Act 2000, libraries and archives may be authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction(s).  Important: one of these conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction may not be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research and that only one copy be provided for scholarly purposes, unless copyright fees are paid.  The library is unable at this time to provide materials for COMMERCIAL PURPOSES. Further reproduction of paper copies made from the College's computer system may be in violation of copyright laws and is prohibited.  If further clarification is required please enquire from

Copyright Regulation @NCI for Students



NCI  and Copyright for Students

All students of the National College of Ireland must be aware of copyright regulations when using material from books (print or eBooks), journals (print or online) and webpages or websites. No copying may exceed 5% of the published volume or issue.

Briefly -  

  • You can photocopy 10% of the total number of pages or 1 complete chapter from a book, whichever is greatest.
  • You can photocopy 1 article from a journal or periodical
  • Images - You can use an image from an electronic source, such as a website, or from a print source, such as a book so long as it is not separately available for purchase.
  • Websites - If you must reproduce material from a website, check the terms & conditions to see what you are permitted to do. If there are no terms & conditions, how much you can use will depend on the type of material, e.g. images or text.

For full details see: Guidelines for Using Copyright Material for Higher Educational Purposes

Cite all material used

Any material used in your assignments should be referenced with a full bibliographic citation. Citations should include the author, title, publication date & source of the item, e.g. book, journal, website etc. The main referencing styles used in NCI are Harvard, APA or IEEE. For further information on referencing material see here.


ICLA [Irish Copyright Licence Agency] Updated Higher Education Licence 2016/2017

This updated HE [Higher Education] License covers copying & scanning from books, journals, magazine & newspapers

The License provides annual blanket permissions to copy & reuse content from print & digital publications

It allows you to:

Make copies from digital & print books, magazines, newspapers & websites

Share copies with students & staff

Store copies on your intranet

Copy up to 1 article, chapter or 10% of the total, whichever is greater

Copy publications from Ireland plus many other international territories including the UK, USA, Australia, France, Germany, Spain & Italy

Include newspapers published in Ireland & the UK

Use images from publications included in the ICLA Licence

The purpose of the Licence is intended to broaden & enrich students' learning experience by enabling an institution to provide greater access to copyright materials, through creating course packs or putting reading material on VLEs [Virtual Learning Environments] such as Moodle.

Mary Buckley Librarian

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Mary Buckley
The Librarian, Norma Smurfit Library National college of Ireland Mayor Street IFSC Dublin 1 Ireland
(+353) 1 4498509