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Use of works

The use of works by other persons is allowed with the permission of the author or the rightsholder (publisher, heir). However, the Copyright Act provides for exceptions that restrict the economic rights of the author (see chapter IV Free use of works of the Copyright Act).

Use of works in the collections of the National Library:

  • A copy of a copyrighted work may be made for personal use (except for sheet music). The library also makes copies of works to the extent justified by the purpose at the request of a natural person. The National Library does not copy works of fine art, electronic databases and computer programmes with limited circulation.
  • Rare books and printed works of the archive collection are digitally copied only if this does not adversely affect the item.
  • Personal devices can be used to make copies (except for rarities and printed works of the archive collection). Flash may not be used when taking pictures.
  • Works in the collections of the National Library and copies thereof may be used for personal purposes. In order to publish a work or present it to the public, permission must be sought from the author or rightsholder. Permission is requested and submitted to the library by the person who wishes to publish a copy of a work or part thereof.

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