NHS library staff in England may copy and share extracts from most printed and digital work in these ways:

1. CLA Licence Plus

  • This is the agreement signed between the Copyright Licensing Agency and the Department of Health and Social Care for the NHS in England.
  • Download and display the licence  and the Copying Guidelines poster.
  • Use the Check Permissions Tool to find out whether what you want to copy is covered by the Licence.

2. Copyright Act & ‘Library Privilege’

Quick Links

  • Decision Tree (updated July 2018) / NHS Copy Aid – A flow chart and interactive tool to help you decide when you need a Licence copy, when you need a Library Privilege copy, and when you need a Copyright Fee Paid (CFP) copy.

Further help and support

They aim to  respond to queries within two working days.


[Page last updated: 7 August 2020]