Librarians at the launch of Copyright for Librarians in Moldova.
The launch of Copyright for Librarians in Moldova. The curriculum forms part of the courses ‘Legal Framework for Libraries’ and ‘Digital Libraries and Copyright Issues’ at Moldova State University.


In an ever-changing digital world, librarians in developing and transition countries need to be informed about policy developments and practices concerning copyright and related issues in order to properly serve their library users.

To meet this professional need, the Copyright and Libraries programme (EIFL-IP) produces a wide range of resources on copyright topics that affect libraries, such as practical guides, handbooks, tip-sheets and templates. Our materials are open access, available online and have been translated into many languages.

What makes Copyright for Librarians so special – and so uniquely valuable – is that it puts reliable guidance in the framework of a broader analysis of copyright policy, focusing attention on the role that librarians can play. As the book makes clear, library patrons benefit from national laws that balance protection and access, and librarians can help assure that their own national legislation fits this description. This is a book that everyone concerned with the future of libraries everywhere will want to consult again and again in the years to come.    

- Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law, American University Law School



In 2010 Copyright for Librarians became the first open educational resource on copyright for librarians in developing and transition countries. It is available online in nine languages and in multiple formats, and is used for teaching in Africa, Europe and Latin America.