New for 2017

Digital Content Store facility for course reading lists


The Digital Content Store (DCS) is a web-based hosted solution, designed specifically for librarians, to simplify and speed up the entire digitisation process.  It allows users to search, record and monitor all digitised content copied under the CLA HE Licence and upload either new content or select content already uploaded by another institution, if the AUB already owns a copy.

Benefits of the DCS:

  • It guarantees definitive permissions regarding included and excluded titles, giving total copyright compliancy assurance.
  • It eliminates the reporting requirement under the licence (CLA Digital Return)
  • It enables the sharing of digitised content across different institutions.
  • The DCS enables the provision of stable links within reading lists to digitised content, e.g. a journal article or selected text from a book.
  • The AUB will be permitted to keep such content copied under the licence, available for the full duration of the degree programme, rather than just the course of study. Additionally, if a work becomes excluded from the licence, items digitised from that work may be retained until the end of the academic year.
  • Links are provided with the CLA’s Second Extract Permissions Service (SEPS) for obtaining direct permission from publishers to use a second book chapter or second journal article.

Please remember:

  • The AUB is able to copy up to 10% of a work or one chapter, whichever is the greater amount, to share in paper or digital format with students on a designated course unit.
  • Please be aware that the AUB must hold the item in stock to create or use it as digitised content. It could therefore take a number of weeks if we have to order the item and digitise the selection ourselves.
  • A full bibliographic reference in the reading list is required.
  • Please give the Library 4 weeks notice for any digitisation requests.


To request the upload of content from your reading list to the DCS, please contact your Subject Librarian.

Further information is available at


Copy​right FAQs​

Copyright is a complex issue and the advice offered in this section is intended to help you navigate copyright law and abide by the terms and conditions of our copyright licences, it should not be relied upon as legal advice or as a definitive statement of the law.

The main legislation dealing with copyright in the United Kingdom is the Copyright, Design and Patents Act, 1988. Any work that is original, in that it has required some degree of skill or judgement to make it, is automatically protected by copyright. For a full overview of copyright go to the Copyright Licencing Agency website.

All copying of copyright material carried out anywhere within the University must conform to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 or to any of the subsequent licence agreements which the University has signed or be made with the express permission of the copyright holder.

The Library can provide guidance to members of the Arts University Bournemouth about copyright and the copying of material for research, teaching and learning at AUB. 

A Quick Guide for Academic Staff can be found here.


Guidance for Staff on the use of images for teaching purposes


Guidelines for Copying from Newspapers


Guidance for Staff on photocopying is an excellent independent resource that aims to make UK Copyright Law accessible to creators, media professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and members of the public. If you have any specific copyright queries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


CLA HE Licence 2016-2019 and digital copies: a summary

The Licence issued by the Copyright Licensing Agency permits, subject to strict limitations, authorised Library staff to make digital copies from printed books, journals and magazines owned by AUB library, and from Digital Material (such as e-books and e-journals for which AUB holds a licence).

Copying of ‘website material’

The CLA HE Licence authorises the copying of ‘website content’; i.e. material in the form of still images and text created and posted on participating websites. This would include material from websites that are free-to-view but may not be free-to-copy. Please use the CLA Check Permissions Tool to ensure that the website is a participating one.

Who can make Digital Copies?

All digitisation requests must be made through your Subject Librarian or by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

What material can be used to make a Digital Copy?

 Subject to strict limitations, Digital Copies can be made from either:

  • an original book, journal or magazine owned by the AUB Library OR
  • a copyright-fee-paid copy of a chapter / article supplied by an organisation holding a document delivery licence with CLA (e.g. the British Library)
  • a publication in electronic form that has been bought by or is subscribed to by AUB Library. This is subject to the same extent limits as print material and has both geographic limits and copying conditions as well.
  • free-to-view websites (that are not also free-to-copy) and websites that AUB subscribes to.

What cannot be scanned?

The following types of material cannot be copied under the terms of the licence:

  • printed music (including the words)
  • maps and charts
  • newspapers
  • any work in which the copyright owner has expressly stipulated that “permission is not granted for copying under licences issued by The Copyright Licensing Agency”
  • workbooks, workcards and assignment sheets and publications intended for a student to write on and for once-only
  • unpublished material. Examples include theses, dissertations, assignments and ephemera such as Company Reports, retail supplier catalogues, in-house brochures and pamphlets etc.
  • slides

How much can be scanned?

With strict reference to supply to a student enrolled on a Course of Study, the proportion of a work that can be copied consists of whichever is the greater, 10% of the work, or:

  • one chapter of a book
  • one article of a journal issue
  • one paper of one set of conference proceedings
  • one report of a single case from a report of judicial proceedings
  • one short story or one poem of not more than 10 pages in an anthology of short stories or poems

How can students access the digitised copies?

Access to digitised copies must be made through MyAUB, and only via the stable links provided by the Digital Content Store, to registered students for the duration of their Course of Study, this can be defined as the full duration of their degree programme (or equivalent programme of study).

Course organisers must not download scans from the Digital Content Store to make available to students. Only links to the Digital Content Store should be provided. Students may then download and store a copy of the reading for their own use.

Once Digital Content Store links to scans are provided they can be used year on year and usage statistics will also be available.