Document Delivery Services: Copyright


Requests for copies must be made in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).

The Library reserves the right not to accept a request for a copy that it has reason to believe would result in non-compliance with the Act.

Copyright Declaration

When you place a request for a copy, you make the following declaration as required under s49 of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth):

I declare that I require a reproduction of the work described on this form for the purpose of research or study and will not use it for any other purpose.
I have not previously been supplied with a reproduction of this work or a reproduction of the same part of this work by an authorised officer of the library.

The person making the request is the only person to whom the Library will provide the copy and is the person who should be using the document.


Requests can be made within the following limits:

  • One or more articles in a periodical publication for the same research or same course of study.
  • One chapter or up to 10% of the number of pages (whichever is greater) of a book in hardcopy form or up to 10% of the number of words in a book in electronic form.


I’ve just received this great article through document delivery. Can I share it with my students by posting it on Moodle?

This isn't a straightforward question! It is possible to make the material accessible to your students via Moodle, but not by using the copy you obtained through the Document Delivery Service. You see, the copy was obtained for your personal use (see the copyright declaration information above) so that copy can’t be shared.  

However, what you can do is request the item through Course Readings, which will result in the library staff placing a separate document delivery request on behalf of the Library for a copy of the same item but under the appropriate copyright declaration (one that allows for its inclusion in the online collection). Library staff will then digitize the copy and create a link to the PDF in your Moodle course shell.

So, in the end there are two copies - one that you keep your copy for personal use and one that the Library provides for sharing with students. In this way the university, of which both academic staff and the Library are a part, meets all its copyright obligations.


For further information regarding copyright visit the Copyright Services website. For specific advice:


Phone: (03) 5327 9876


The FAQ on this page mentions eReadings.  Academic staff are not permitted to digitise and upload material to Moodle themselves. This must be coordinated through the Library.

eReadings information


Phone: (03) 5327 9581